Charges: Ex-boyfriend says he hid Adelle Jensen's body, but didn't kill her

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The former boyfriend of missing Minneapolis woman Adelle Jensen is facing charges after telling police he hid her body, according to the criminal complaint against him.

Joshua Dow, 31, told police the 25-year-old Jensen shot herself after an argument on Nov. 18, according to the charges filed by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Dow then said he panicked and hid her body, the complaint says, getting help from one of his relatives after allegedly threatening him at gunpoint. Dow has not told police where Jensen's body is located.

He was arrested last week on suspicion of probable cause murder, but has been charged with one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of interfering with a dead body.

The charges say Dow – who has a 2-year-old daughter with Jensen – went with her parents to file a missing persons report with the police department on Nov. 21.

At the time, he told officials he last saw Jensen walking down the street after they'd gone to a bar on Nov. 18. Dow also said Jensen had a history of walking out on him because he was seeing someone else.

Dow's relative says he helped move the body

The criminal complaint has revealed the chain of alleged events uncovered after Jensen was reported missing.

The day after the report was filed, a relative of Dow's went to the police station to report Jensen was dead, and admitted he helped move her body.

He said Dow claimed Jensen shot herself. He said Dow held a gun to his head and threatened to shoot him if he didn't help hide the body.

The relative says Jensen was already wrapped in plastic and carpet when he arrived at Dow and Jensen's residence in Minneapolis. He told police he helped Dow clean the scene and bring her body to a warehouse in the city.

The relative then led investigators to that warehouse, but the body was not there. Police said the relative looked "shocked" to see the closet was empty. Officers noted they smelled rotting flesh but did not find the body.

They spoke to a witness who claimed the suspect had been washing off tarps and putting boxes on a cart. When police arrested Dow on Nov. 22, he told officers Jensen shot herself and he disposed of her body. Another witness told police Dow said he dismembered Jensen's body.

Family's plea for information

Jensen's family made an emotional plea to the public last week to help find her body, though said at the time they believed she was dead.

The family has created a “Bring Addie Home” Facebook page so people can contact them with information.

A college fund has been set up online for Jensen’s daughter, which has so far raised more than $16,000.

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