Dane Kallungi, 38, was charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, Jepsy Amaga Kallungi, who was last seen March 2019
Jepsy Adlawan Amaga moved from the Philippines to the US in 2017 to marry Dane Kallungi after the pair met on a dating website
Two years later he strangled her and disposed of her body after he’d accused her of infidelity
Police obtained audio of Kallungi confessing to his ex-wife Alaine Kallungi that he killed Jepsy in March 2019 after strangling her and buried her body
The alleged attack occurred after Jepsy came home following an sexual encounter with a soldier in Fort Carson, the affidavit states
He said he strangled Jepsy following an argument where he was trying to ‘stop the words from coming out of her mouth’ and severely injured her
After severely injuring her he said, he ‘didn’t want to watch her suffer anymore’ and implied he applied mercy killing
He told his ex he the wrapped Jepsy’s body up and placed it in the trunk of his car
The next day he drove to work and his son’s school, before stopped o his way and buried her body in a grave at a random location
He told police and her enquiring family that they broke up and she left either with a friend to either Chicago or Mexico without her ID, passport or phone
A 38-year-old Colorado Springs man who was arrested for his missing wife’s murder was caught after police recorded him detailing the alleged killing over the phone to his ex-wife.
Dane Kallungi was arrested last month trying to get onto the Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico and charged with first-degree murder of his wife, Jepsy Amaga Kallungi.
After a two-year investigation, the façade of lies built by Kallungi who had had told Jepsy’s enquiring family members that they had stopped talking and she skipped town with a friend to either Chicago, Mexico or the Philippines without bringing any ID or her phone, was shredded when police obtained audio of him confessing to strangling her and disposing of the body.
Jepsy Amaga, who moved to Colorado Springs from the Philippines in 2017 to marry Kallungi after they met on a dating website, has not been seen since 2019, when she was 26 years old.
Kallungi later moved to California, but had returned to Colorado Springs on March 26 and had lunch with his ex-wife Alaine Kallungi, and allegedly confessed to killing Jepsy, according to charging affidavit filed in El Paso County, Colorado.
Alaine informed the police of their conversation later the same day and agreed to have a phone call with Kallungi on April 3 which would be recorded by police.
In that call, Kallungi allegedly confessed to Alaine that he killed Jepsy in March 2019 following a domestic violence incident and buried her body.
The alleged attack occurred after Jepsy came home following a sexual encounter with a soldier in Fort Carson, the affidavit states.
Kallungi later told Jepsy’s family that they had stopped talking and she went with a friend to either Chicago, Mexico or the Philippines without bringing any ID or her phone.
After reports from concerned loved ones, Colorado Springs police attempted several welfare checks on Jepsy Kallungi and never met her. Phone calls went to voice mail and none was returned. Her husband told officers they were having marital problems and she had left.
The officers noted that Dane Kallungi did not appear overly concerned with the welfare or whereabouts of his wife, which they found suspicious. One of the missing woman’s friends revealed that the husband had made threats to impede her efforts to obtain US citizenship in order to control her behavior.
Jepsy’s mother became concerned when she suddenly stopped replying to Facebook Messenger texts on March 20, 2019 and she was first reported missing by her family on April 4, 2019. Margie Amaga called investigators from her home in Hong Kong stating that she had not heard from her daughter in weeks which was unusual. She also mentioned that her daughter was possibly a victim of domestic violence.
‘Information gathered during this investigation suggests that Dane Kallungi strangled Jepsy Kallungi during an act of domestic violence, causing her to be severely injured,’ the affidavit said.
In the phone call Kallungi allegedly details the violent incident that led to his wife’s death.
He said he strangled Jepsy following an argument where he was trying to ‘stop the words from coming out of her mouth’ and severely injured her, according to the affidavit.
‘I kind of like, I grabbed her and I guess it was just like a second when I got p****d off, but I didn’t even feel that p****d off,’ he said in the call.
‘It looked like I did some damage and I freaked out and it looked like she was suffering,’ he added.
He said he ‘didn’t want to watch her suffer anymore’ and implied he killed her out of mercy.
‘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,’ the affidavit said.
‘Like she was already dead. It was just a matter of time and like I didn’t want to watch her suffer anymore,’ he said.
‘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,’ Kallungi added.
He then told his ex-wife Alaine that he wrapped Jepsy’s body up and placed it in the trunk of his car and buried her body in a grave in Teller County, the following day.
But before burying Jepsy, Kallungi drove his son to school and went to work while his wife’s body was in the trunk, the affidavit states.
‘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… 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,’ he said on the phone call.
Jepsy moved from the Philippines to the US in 2017 to marry Kallungi after the pair met on a dating website.
Court records show that the couple had filed for divorce, but it’s unclear if the divorce was ever finalized.
During the course of a two-year missing persons investigation, authorities executed over three dozen search warrants and conducted multiple interviews that led them to believe Kallungi was a primary suspect, according to the affidavit.
In the course of the investigation, Kallungi’s ex-wife Alaine who shares a child with the suspect, told detectives that in the course of their 5-year relationship there had been several incidents of domestic violence dating back to 2006.
Her former husband had strangled her on 5 to 7 occasions, Alaine told detectives. some of these incidents were recorded on calls to the emergency line. On several occasions she had lost conscious from 30 seconds to one minute, Alaine Kallungi said.
Dane Kallungi is scheduled to make a first appearance in court on July 12.