The four people trapped in a mine earlier this month have been arrested, Raleigh County Sheriff's Department said Thursday, CBS News. Three were charged: crimes and intrusion of crime, conspiracy and pecuniary damage, while the fourth person was charged with crime and intrusion of crime, conspiracy and false information was passed to law enforcement agencies.
Kayla Williams, Erica Treadway, Cody Beverly and Eddie Williams entered the mine on December 9th. The charge was that they could have stolen copper wire.
Beverly has told The Register-Herald that their lights go out shortly after entering the mine, and chaos ensued. Eddie Williams had to go in search of help.
The other three were trapped in the mine for four days.
Emergency workers ran around the clock four days a day to find Beverly, Treadway, and Kayla Williams looking deep into Whitesville, West Virginia, as the percentage of their oxygen meters approached deadly levels, Chip Reid reported CBS News back then.
Entering the mine, which had been inactive for two years, was not easy. Rescuers had to remove the water at one entrance and bomb a new street outside the other. They used fans to pump air. Four thousand feet below the mine at the mine, the rescuers said they had reached Treadway at 6am. then Williams and Beverly 30 minutes later. All three went alone on the street.
One of the searchers told Reid that the rescue mission could cost up to $ 1 million.
It is not uncommon for people in this financially difficult environment to risk their lives by entering ancient mines to take over copper cabling and sell it later.
"They do what they can to earn money if they do not have a job. The copper there is what happens," Kayla's father Randall Williams said. "I know, that's why she went in there."
News agencies said Kayla Williams and Treadway surrendered to the authorities on Wednesday. Eddie Williams and Beverly surrendered to the authorities on Friday.