Criminal Complaint Details Sex And Copper Theft In Mine Break-In

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – New details are emerging after four people allegedly entered an abandoned mine.  WOAY has obtained court documents that reveal the four allegedly entered the mine to steal copper and have sex.

According to court documents, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, Eddie Williams, Kayla Williams, Cody Beverly, and Erica Treadway allegedly entered Rockhouse Powellton Mine on the north side of Clear Fork Road during the early morning hours.

They were all at Kayla Williams house in Artie hanging out discussing going underground in the coal mine. They allegedly left in Eddie’s car and went to pick up Cody’s four-wheeler.  After getting the four-wheeler, they drove to the mine.  Deputies were notified around midnight on December 9th, that the four were missing.  Deputies found the four-wheeler and some jackets on it.  Deputies observed black charring to the soil with small amounts of copper wiring left.  Large culvert pipes were found with large burn pits.

On Monday, December 10th, 2018, Eddie Williams exited the mine alone.  He told investigators in his first interview no one was around, but Cody’s four-wheeler was there.  He said, he went to his car and drove to a friends house a mile away.  Eddie called his girlfriend who picked him up and took him to Whitesville where family members were waiting.  Law enforcement interviewed Eddie; his initial statement was that Kayla, Cody, and Erica entered the mine without him and after a day when they hadn’t come out, he went in to look for them.

Eddie later admitted that they had all gone into the mine looking to steal copper to detectives.  Eddie said, “we had entered the mine before to try and make money.”  When asked what he meant by making money,  Eddie responded with “to see if they left anything behind, copper, or anything.”  Eddie further stated that this was the first mine he had been on that he wasn’t working in.

On Wednesday, December 12, 2018, the three inside the mine were eventually rescued.

On Friday, December 14, 2018, Eddie once again spoke to detectives and said, he entered the mine and once inside Cody Beverly and Kayla Williams has gone one way, and he and Erica Treadway had gone another.  Eddie states that the pairs had split up to have sex with each other.

Interviews with Kayla, Cody, and Erica at a later date say that they went inside and separated to have sex.

When Detectives confronted Eddie about his admission that they had gone into the mine to look for and steal copper he denied it, but followed up later with Sheriff Van Meter and said they went into the mine to steal copper.

Eddie allegedly gave false information to law enforcement and rescuers who were actively attempting to rescue the three others.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Eddie Williams’s arrest.

”All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.”

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