Joseph Dejoie admits murdering Jacquelyn Elizabeth Mitchell missing St Charles, Missouri woman. Victim knew suspect and had driven to his Maryland Heights home the evening of her disappearance over a week ago.
A man with a violent criminal record has admitted to murdering a missing Missouri woman whose body was found at a Maryland Heights apartment.
Joseph John Dejoie the 5th, upon his arrest on Tuesday was charged with second degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and abandonment of a corpse. Dejoie is being held at the St. Louis County Justice Center on a $1 million bond according to KFVS12.
Jacquelyn ‘Jacque’ Elizabeth Mitchell of St Charles, was found dead Monday night, with police saying the woman had been dead for six days before her body was found.
Mitchell was last seen around 11 p.m. on March 14 at Maggie O’Briens Sunset Hills on South Lindbergh, St Louis. She did not make it home that night, and was reported missing to the St. Charles City Police Department on Thursday.
On Sunday, the missing woman’s car was found in Maryland Heights. At that time, the Maryland Heights Police Department started to assist with the investigation.
Victim knew her killer and had driven to his home
Detectives tried to trace Mitchell’s path from the restaurant that night. This included a neighborhood canvass, using a drone, several interviews, and looking at cell phone data and social media records. There was a significant break in the case when detectives obtained surveillance video of a man driving Mitchell’s car, according to police.
Maryland Heights police said they were able to identify the man in the surveillance video.
They then executed a search warrant at Dejoie’s apartment in Maryland Heights. Once police were inside the apartment, they located Mitchell’s body.
Authorities said Mitchell and Dejoie knew each another, and had gone to the man’s apartment after leaving the restaurant. It remained unclear what led to Mitchell going to the suspect’s residence.
During police questioning, Dejoie admitted to wiping down Mitchell’s car and her body in an attempt to conceal evidence. The man also allegedly confessed to being responsible for Mitchell’s death according to KSDK.
Maryland Heights police Chief Bill Carson offered his condolences to the victim’s family.
‘My heart goes out to her entire family,’ Carson said. ‘I know that this is heartbreaking for them.’
Dejoie had prior arrests for felonious restraint, rape, burglary, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mitchell’s cause of death has not been released. No known murder motive was immediately known.