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Cadaver dogs used in search for missing Phelps Co. woman

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Jacquelyn Auten-Metz has been missing since April 8. Authorities began using cadaver dogs in their search July 27. Jacquelyn Auten-Metz has been missing since April 8. Authorities began using cadaver dogs in their search July 27.

ST. JAMES, Mo. (KMOV.com) The Phelps County Sheriff's Department expanded their search for missing woman Jacquelyn Auten-Metz to include cadaver dogs on Monday.

Phelps County Officials said a missing person complaint was filed on May 30 after Auten-Metz had not been seen or heard from since April 8. She was reported missing from the 21000 block of County Road 3644 in St. James, Missouri.

Police said Auten-Metz has no mode of transportation or cell phone and was last known to be in the company of her boyfriend, Jessie Lee Bockover. Bockover was interviewed twice by investigators, who said his accounts of the incident were inconsistent.

Bockover was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 14 in the 21000 block of County Road 3644, police said.

The Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol received a tip suggesting Auten-Metz's remains could be located on a farm in rural St. James. The property was searched with the assistance of cadaver dogs and after a positive alert was made, heavy excavation equipment was used, but no evidence was found.

Law enforcement said they will continue their search in rural St. James using cadaver dogs.

Auten-Metz is described as five foot, eight inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, brown eyes and hair and false teeth. She also has a dream catcher tattoo on her upper right arm.

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Auten-Metz is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division of the Phelps County Sheriff's Department at 573-426-3860.

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