Crime & Courts

Ex-Swansea resident held in disappearance faces new accusations

OMAHA, Neb. A man from South Carolina charged in the disappearance of a missing Peru State College student faces accusations of public indecency when he was a student at another Nebraska school, according to court documents.

Joshua Keadle, 29, was being held Saturday in the Nemaha County jail on charges of providing false information and tampering with evidence in the disappearance of 19-year-old Tyler “Ty” Thomas, a Bellevue freshman last seen Dec. 3. Keadle, originally from Swansea, was arrested Wednesday, and the Nemaha County sheriff’s office has called him a person of interest in the case.

An arrest warrant for Keadle was filed Friday in a separate case in Madison County, where he is charged with public indecency for an incident reported in April in Norfolk.

A police affidavit says Keadle, who lived in Norfolk then and attended Wayne State College, is accused of stopping his vehicle next to a young woman as she walked through a parking lot. The affidavit says he then allegedly offered the woman as much as $1,500 for sex and exposed himself to her.

Police interviewed Keadle but, according to the affidavit, he denied accosting the now-19-year-old woman.

Keadle is scheduled for a court appearance Tuesday in Nemaha County.