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Husband of missing woman extradited to El Paso County; allegedly confessed to killing wife, hiding her body

Published: Jun. 18, 2021 at 2:13 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2021 at 12:00 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The husband and sole suspect in a missing Colorado Springs woman’s disappearance is now back in El Paso County to face charges in the case, having been extradited from New Mexico where he was arrested.

Dane Kallungi confessed to strangling his wife during a fight and burying her body in Teller County, court documents allege.

On Friday, Colorado Springs detectives and law enforcement partners were reportedly in Teller County searching for Jepsy’s body. CSPD says these kinds of searches typically span several days. Any information on the search will be shared as it becomes available from police.

According to Kallungi’s own account, as detailed in an arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, he grabbed her during a fight but only meant to hold her for “a second.”

Springs police say the 2-year-old case exploded open in March of this year when Dane Kallungi confessed over a lunch with his ex-wife to killing Jepsy Amaga Kallungi in 2019. His ex called a detective three days later to tell him what she learned and agreed to making a recorded phone call to her former husband.

During the call between Dane Kallungi and his ex-wife, the affidavit alleges he made the following statements:

“I kind of like, I grabbed her and I guess it was just like a second when I got pissed off, but I didn’t even feel that pissed off. It was like I just turned around and was like shut up and I was sick of it and I mean really, I was just trying to like literally stop the words from coming out of her mouth for a second and then I realized that I did it for more than a second and ... It looked like I did some damage and I freaked out and it looked like she was suffering.

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“I wasn’t sure if I had already killed her and it was like the stuff you see in the movies about how people die. That is so not even how it happens. I was thinking about that and I was also thinking about like what, you know, is she going to go to the hospital and ... like she was already dead. It was just a matter of time and like I didn’t want to watch her suffer anymore. ... I put her on the floor and it was like there was still some breathing going on even though she was gone and I just, just regretted that.

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“I had her wrapped up in my car, in the trunk and ... I drove to the Florissant area ... on the back road, got lost on like four different back roads and then found one where I could, I just went down and found a spot, dug a hole as deep as I could. ... I was digging until like 3 in the morning or something because it was like all muddy and really hard to dig in some places and I started freaking out. I’m like oh my gosh people are going to start driving here because it’s not middle of the night anymore, so ...

“Yeah, she was in my trunk, and then after work I drove to Florissant and found a spot and like I just stuffed her and ... hold on a second ... yeah, I went to Florissant and no, I like said goodbye to her before I put her there and tried to apologize a million times.” - Excerpt from the affidavit

Detectives say that after leaving his wife’s body in a clandestine grave, Dane Kallungi moved to San Diego. According to Jepsy Kallungi’s mother, he began telling Jepsy’s close relatives that she was traveling with a friend in the Philippines or Chicago and had left her phone and ID behind.

“I just want to know if she’s still alive or dead,” Margie Amaga said in April 2019. “I don’t know where she is, why she’s gone.”

Jepsy’s mother told 11 News that her daughter met her husband on an internet dating site before moving to Colorado to marry him. The Colorado Springs Police Department Homicide/Assault Unit launched an investigation into Jepsy’s disappearance on April 4, 2019.

Following the new developments in the case in spring 2021, Colorado Springs police issued a warrant for Dane Kallungi’s arrest on June 1. Kallungi, 38, was arrested 16 days later in Albuquerque as an out-of-state fugitive. Albuquerque police tell 11 News he was arrested while trying to get onto Kirtland Air Force Base, and that at the time of his arrest, they knew he was wanted for first-degree murder in Colorado but didn’t know what the case was.

Kallungi was extradited back to Colorado Springs this week, and as of Tuesday is in the El Paso County jail.

11 News’ previous coverage on the case can be viewed here.

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