A levee will be built on a river near Boonville where police have previously searched for the body of a missing Chinese woman.

COLUMBIA — A levee will be built on a river near Boonville where police have previously searched for the body of a missing Chinese woman.

Columbia police announced Wednesday a levee will be extended into the Lamine River to help in the search for the body of Mengqi Ji Elledge, who was reported missing on Oct. 10. Her husband, Joseph Lamine, is charged with first-degree in her death.

Divers have searched the river previously without success. Investigators have focused on the area in Cooper County after cadaver dogs hit on a scent there. 

Columbia Assistant Police Chief Jeremiah Hunter said the levee will give searchers access to a key part of the river where the cadaver dogs detected human decomposition, KRCG reported.

The levee project will begin once the police department has received all the necessary approvals, which could be as early as next week, Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones said.

Joseph Elledge has pleaded not guilty to child abuse and domestic assault charges related to the case but has not entered a plea to the murder charge. He is scheduled for trial in June.