Husband accused of strangling, burying missing wife

Posted at 7:18 AM, June 21, 2021 and last updated 7:21 AM, June 21, 2021

By: Colette Bordelon

COLORADO SPRINGS (KOAA) — Jail records show that 38-year-old Dane Kallungi was arrested in New Mexico and charged with murder for the death of his wife Jepsy Kallungi, who was last seen two years ago.

FILE – (L) Jepsy Kallungi (NamUs)/(R) Dane Kallungi (Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office)

Jepsy Amaga Kallungi, 26, has not been seen or heard from since March 20, 2019, according to her mother Margie Amaga.

“She always talked to me. She always messaged me, so I wondered at the time why she’s not online,” Margie said.

Investigators believe Jepsy Kallungi was strangled and buried in Southern Colorado by her husband. Her remains have not been located.

Margie told KOAA Jepsy moved to the United States in 2017 from the Philippines.

She fell in love with a man she met online, Dane Kallungi, and the pair wed that July.

Margie said he’s the last person to have seen Jepsy, telling her he thought Jepsy was headed back to the Philippines, Mexico, or Chicago to visit her friends.

When KOAA talked with her mother, she was in Hong Kong and trying to get a visa to travel to the U.S. to find her daughter. She told KOAA she felt hopeless watching the case from 7,500 miles away.

“It’s really hard for me. It’s really painful for me because I am very far. I cannot comfort her, and I don’t know where I find her. I don’t know. I’m only alone,” Margie said.

Colorado Springs Police say this is still an active investigation. Anyone with information that could help find Kallungi is encouraged to call the department.

This story was originally posted June 17, 2021, by KOAA in Colorado Springs.

 

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