A 36-year-old serving prison time for sexual assault has been charged with murdering a Peru State student, missing since late 2010.
The Nebraska Attorney General has filed a first degree murder charge in Nemaha County, charging Joshua Keadle with killing Tyler Thomas.
Thomas was a student at Peru State when she disappeared. Two fellow students at Peru State reported Thomas, 19 at the time, missing during the early morning hours of December 3rd, 2010 when she didn’t return to her dorm.
A massive search failed to find her. She has been presumed dead. Her body has never been found.
Keadle, also a student at Peru State, had been questioned at the time of the disappearance. Keadle, who was 26 at the time, admitted to giving Thomas a car ride. He claimed the two had argued after having sex in his car and said she threatened to charge he raped her.
Keadle has been serving time for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old while he attended Midland College in 2008. He is serving time in the Lincoln Correctional Center.
Attorneys with the Nebraska Attorney General have been appointed as special prosecutors in the case. They will be assisted by the Nemaha County Attorney’s office.