A federal court has filed a judgment against Joshua Keadle in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a Peru State College student who has not been seen since 2010.
The court filed a default judgment against Keadle, who is serving a prison sentence on an unrelated 2008 rape case.
The family of Tyler Thomas of Omaha filed the lawsuit against Keadle, who has been a person of interest in the Thomas case, but has never been charged in her disappearance.
LaTanya Thomas, the mother of Tyler, filed the lawsuit in 2012 against Keakle and Nebraska State College Board. The court dismissed the board from the lawsuit last month.
Keadle and Thomas attended Peru State at the time Thomas disappeared on December 3rd of 2010. She has never been found. She was 19 at the time of her disappearance. She was declared dead in late 2013.
Keadle is the last person known to have seen Thomas before she disappeared. Keadle has claimed he picked Thomas up and they drove to a secluded boat ramp on the Missouri River where they had sex. He claims he left her there after she threatened to accuse him of rape. Police arrested Keadle five days later, but never formally charged him in the Thomas case.
Any damages owed to the family could be determined by a jury.
Keadle, a 33-year-old from Swansea, South Carolina, is serving a prison sentence of at least 15 years for the rape of a 15-year-old girl while she slept in a dorm room on the campus of what was then Midland Lutheran College in Fremont.
Keadle, a student and football player there, had claimed he was impotent and never penetrated the girl.