The estranged husband of Jacque Waller, the Missouri mom of triplets who has been missing for seven weeks, is proclaiming his innocence despite reports of blood evidence being found in his home.
Jackson police have labeled Clay Waller, who is a former cop, a person of interest in his wife's disappearance. The couple was in the midst of a separation when Jacque Waller disappeared on June 1. Her husband was the last person to see her alive.
"I want her to come home alive," Clay Waller said.
The 39-year-old missing mom's family say she is afraid of her husband.
"I know the threats that he's made against her and I know the diaries that she kept outlining those threats. He did it, there's no doubt in my mind," said Stan Rawson, Jacque Waller's father.
Rawson told the Southeast Missourian that police have found blood evidence in the Jackson, Mo., home where Clay Waller was staying when his wife disappeared. The couple have been married for 15 years and have 5-year-old triplets. Jacque Waller had gone to her husband's home to pick up her son when she vanished. Since she went missing, the triplets have been in the custody of Jacque Waller's sister.
"I just miss my wife and my kids and just, we're just...we're just trying to fight to see them," Clay Waller said.
Mom of Triplets Missing for Three Weeks and Husband Is 'Person of Interest'
Jacque Waller's family claims that her husband repeatedly threatened her.
"We deny those threats were made, but again, without commenting on the evidence, even if they were, they happen in cases that I handle every day," said Scott Reynolds, Clay Walker's attorney. "It doesn't mean that somebody's going to follow through with it."
On Tuesday, a judge in a Cape Girardeau, Mo., courtroom continued to deny Clay Waller visitation rights to the triplets.
Clay Waller said that he's being hunted by the Jackson Police Department despite his innocence.
"Can't change how people feel. I mean there's a lot of emotions that are running high right now with this...We're all just sad, just sad on both sides of the fence here," Clay Waller said.
Reynolds said that his client has received death threats and is afraid to go out in public.
In a conversation with police just hours after his wife disappeared, Clay Waller said that the couple fought and she left his home around 4 p.m on June 1 by foot. He then left his home, he said, and returned around 6 p.m. to find her blue Honda Pilot gone.
Before going to the home where her husband was staying, Jacque Waller had met with her husband and her attorney to finalize paperwork for their divorce.
Jacque Waller works as a manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her business cards were found last week 10 miles from where her abandoned car on a highway and with a flat tire.
Police have spent weeks searching the rural area. By all accounts, the loving mother would never have left on her own.
"Right now, it doesn't look good," Jackson Police Chief James Humphreys said. "Something terrible happened I feel in my heart to her, yes."
For the triplets--Maddox, Avery and Addison-- they are asking where their mother is.
"They say, 'Go find mommy! If she lost, go find her!' You know, what are you doing sitting here, go find her. That's tough folks, I'm telling you tough," said Rawson, Jacque Waller's father.
Another extensive search is planned for this weekend.
"We just want answers...the not knowing is the hardest part," said Ruby Rawson, Jacque Waller's mother.