A Colorado man was charged with killing his wife, who has been missing since 2019, officials announced.
Jepsy Amaga Kallungi reportedly disappeared in April 2019, about two weeks after her mother told The Colorado Springs Gazette she last spoke to her daughter.
This week, Colorado Springs police announced Dane Kallungi, 38, was arrested in connection to Jespy’s death. Her ex-husband is accused of murdering her and burying her body in a currently unknown location.
Police said Kallungi apparently strangled her and then buried her body after a domestic disturbance, according to KRDO News.
Police reportedly obtained an arrest warrant for Kallungi on first-degree murder charges on June 1.
He was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 16 while he reportedly attempted to get onto Kirtland Air Force Base, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette. It is not clear why he was trying to enter the base.
Jespy’s mother, who lives in Hong Kong, told KKTV News she last spoke with her 26-year-old daughter on March 20, 2019, and Kallungi claimed Jepsy left with a friend to go to the Philippines or Chicago and had not taken her phone or any ID.
Police initiated a missing person case and opened a murder investigation after she could not be found.
The couple reportedly met through an online dating app in 2017, and Jepsy moved from the Philippines to the U.S. to marry Kalungi.
The two were reportedly still married at the time of her disappearance, but court documents that couple filed for divorce in October 2018, according to Fox 21 News.
Police said Kalungi moved out of Colorado Springs to San Diego, California, days after she was reported missing.
Two years ago, Jespy’s family members wrote a petition urging authorities to bring Dane Kalungi back to Colorado, and interrogate him about his wife’s disappearance.