Feb 07, 2020 10:57 PM

Jury hears recordings of Keadle leading police to boat ramp

Posted Feb 07, 2020 10:57 PM
Joshua Keadle
Joshua Keadle

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A man on trial for the death of a Peru State College student whose body has never been found led investigators to a Missouri River boat ramp where he said he left her alive in 2010, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors played recordings Thursday made of Joshua Keadle showing investigators the boat ramp, after denying for days to police that he had been with Tyler "Ty" Thomas, 19, of Omaha, the night she disappeared, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Keadle is charged with first-degree murder, accused of killing Thomas, of Omaha. Thomas disappeared Dec. 3, 2010, after leaving a party near the southeast Nebraska campus. Although her body was never found, the state issued a death certificate in 2013.

The recordings of Keadle were made four days after her disappearance, and in them, Keadle is heard telling investigators that he encountered Thomas at the boat dock and agreed to drive her to Omaha in exchange for a sex act. He said she later threatened to report he had raped her and got out of his vehicle, and he left.

The recordings were played a day after a jailhouse informant testified that Keadle had told him he killed Thomas but "they'll never find the body."

The trial is expected to continue through next week.

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More planes with quarantined China passengers arrive in US

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hundreds more people evacuated from the virus zone in China began arriving Friday at military bases across the U.S. to begin a two-week quarantine.

There were no signs of illness among those who flew into Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, said Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control's division of high consequence pathogens and pathology. She said fewer than 100 people, including babies, will stay at Lackland, she but did not have an exact number.

The plane arrived from the Wuhan region of China, the center of the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

The plane then left Texas and transported people to Omaha, Nebraska, where it landed Friday night. The passengers will be quarantined at a nearby Nebraska National Guard training base.

A military base in San Diego earlier Friday received 65 people who will be quarantined.

CDC officials said another flight carrying more than 160 people arrived Wednesday at the San Diego base. Since then, seven passengers from that flight were hospitalized after showing symptoms of illness. Two of the seven people were later sent back to the base after testing negative for the virus. Test results on the five others are pending.

Earlier evacuation flights to California have brought people to March Air Reserve Base in Southern California and Travis Air Force Base between San Francisco and Sacramento.

U.S. officials said at a news conference in Washington on Friday that more than 800 people have been brought to the United States from Wuhan on recent flights. All evacuees are being quarantined for 14 days and monitored for any signs of illness.

The new virus is in the coronavirus family that includes Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, and severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. It causes fever, cough, shortness of breath and, in severe cases, pneumonia. It has sickened more than 31,000 people and killed more than 600, virtually all in China.