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Four people trapped in an abandoned mine in West Virginia were arrested



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8 / 3:49 PM GMT

By Elisha Fieldstadt

Four people who were trapped in a disused coal mine in West Virginia earlier this month and launched a daylong search were detained, according to prison records

Eddie Williams Jr., Kayla Williams, Cody Beverly, and Erica Treadway were reported missing on December 8 after arriving at the Rock House Powelltone mine in Clear Creek.

The mother of one of the intruders said earlier this month The four had come to the mine to steal copper, but Beverly and Treadway both denied that this was the case. They said they had just made explorations.

But entering a closed mine is a crime no matter what the reasons, a sheriff spokesman said.

Eddie Williams escaped the inactive mine himself after an extensive search The other three were rescued with the participation of the West Virginia National Guard on December 12.

Since last week, all four have been imprisoned.

The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Eddie Williams Jr., 43, last Thursday. He is charged without breaking, conspiring and giving the law enforcement false information. On December 21, he was bailed for $ 100,000 in Southern Virginia prison in southern Virginia.

The same day, the sheriff's office issued arrest warrants for Kayla Williams, Treadway, and Beverly.

Sheriff's Lt MA McCray said the charges are for entry into the mine and the conspiracy. Beverly, 21, was arrested by the Whitesville Police Department shortly after issuing the arrest warrants, reports NBC subsidiary WSAZ.

Kayla Williams, 25, and Treadway, 31, were each bailed for $ 100,000 on Southern Regional Jail on Wednesday, according to Prison Records.

Beverly admitted that after he was rescued, he was likely to face charges.

"You can not get away from this scoop-free body," Beverly told NBC News. "I will accept my sentences, I will join in. I will go and be a better person for it."