Missing Persons

Murder Charge Filed For Nebraska Student Who Went Missing After Party 7 Years Ago

Her remains were never found.

A nearly 7-year-old cold case is coming to resolution after the Nebraska Attorney General announced an arrest in a missing persons investigation at Peru State College, the Associated Press reported.

Joshua Keadle, 36, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Tyler “Ty” Thomas, who was a 19-year-old freshman when she disappeared after leaving a campus party in late 2010.

Authorities said that Keadle, another student at the school, admitted that he had had sex with Thomas in his car that night, and that Thomas threatened to report that he had raped her.

In the weeks before Thomas’s disappearance, administrators discussed disciplining Keadle for reportedly sexual harassing women who lived near him in a co-ed dormitory on campus.

Thomas was declared dead by the state in 2013, though her remains were never found. Authorities would not say whether this recent arrest was prompted by the discovery of her body or any additional evidence.

Keadle—who is already serving up to 20 years in prison for the 2008 rape of a 15-year-old girl—was already found liable for Thomas’s death in a civil suit brought by her family, in which he was ordered to pay $2.6 billion dollars. 

The family will likely never see the reward because it’s money that Keadle does not possess, according to the Associated Press.

[Image: Nebraska State Patrol, Facebook]

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