UPDATE: Woman who entered abandoned mine gets probation


BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – A sentencing hearing was held today for a woman accused of entering an abandoned coal mine.

Erica Treadway was sentenced to three years probation.  Treadway was charged with destruction of property and conspiracy.  Judge Dimlich ruled that the two-run consecutively, which would be 2-8 years.  Dimlich said that Treadway didi well on probation and suspended jail time.

If Treadway violates her probation she will be sent to jail.

Treadway was ordered to pay 549,000 dollars for the rescue team. Two men who also entered the mine has since passed away.


UPDATE: December 9, 2019, at 8:30 pm

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – A plea hearing was held this morning for one of the four people who entered an abandoned mine in Raleigh County last year.

Erica Treadway pleaded guilty to two felony charges; destruction of property and conspiracy for entering the mines.  The hearing was held in front of Judge Andrew Dimlich.

Treadway will be sentenced in March and could face 2-8 years in prison.

Earlier this month, Cody Beverly and Eddie Williams, who also entered the mine, passed away.

Kayla Williams is still awaiting her day in court.


UPDATE: December 6, 2019 at 8:52 am

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – It’s been almost one year since four people entered an abandoned mine in Raleigh County, now two of the four have died.

Eddie Williams and Cody Beverly passed away this week.  Williams was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year and his former Attorney Robert Dunlap tried to get him out on bond so he could seek the medical treatment he needed.  That bond request was denied by Judge Poling in August.  Almost two months later, after pictures arose of how big an excision wound was on his back, Judge Dimlich agreed to home confinement so that Williams could get better medical treatment.

Dunlap tells WOAY, “this was a tragic loss of life that was avoidable.  Cancer killed Eddie Williams but the State of West Virginia certainly missed an opportunity to get him adequate medical treatment and that is now perfectly clear.”

What started as skin cancer quickly spread to his liver, while in jail.

Back in August, WOAY spoke to Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller: This motion was denied as prosecuting attorney Kristen Keller says it is often the case that inmates get better care in Southern Regional Jail than out on the street.

“We want to make sure we’re not being inhumane,” Keller said. “In other words, if, and this is what Judge Poling focused on, and he repeatedly said to the defense lawyer, ‘Can you tell me some treatment he needs that he’s not getting because he’s incarcerated?’ And the defense could not provide that information.”

Keller did say if Williams comes again with more evidence that he is not getting adequate medical care in Southern Regional, he can be permitted another bond hearing. A trial date has not been set.

Williams died on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Cody Beverly, another man who entered the Rock House Powellton Mine last year has also died, according to an obituary posted online. Beverly died on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

Erica Treadway and Kayla Williams were among the other two who entered the mine illegally last year and are still awaiting trial.

According to the Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, charges against Beverly and Williams will be dropped.

Stay with WOAY News for further updates on this developing story.


UPDATE: October 7, 2019, at 7:45 pm

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – This morning in front of the honorable Judge Andrew Dimlich,  Eddie Williams requested compassionate release for his placement on home confinement due to the aggressive progression of his cancer.

Attorney Robert Dunlap made numerous motions before a different circuit court judge during the summer before filing this motion for home confinement before all three judges.

After viewing the photos of the aggressively progressing cancer and over the objection of Kristen Keller the Prosecuting Attorney of Raleigh County,  Mr. Williams was granted home confinement for all of his all prior charges. The court took great steps to limit his activities while under home confinement, including, that his attorney would be required to travel to his home, instead of being allowed his travel to the office of counsel. 

In fact the only time Mr. Williams is allowed to leave his home is when approved by the home confinement office to attend medical appointments.

The trespass allegations that led to his and 3 others being charged last year was highly publicized.

This was the first time the Honorable Judge Dimlich had this defendant in his court room since he revoked Mr. Williams prior bond for that trespass charge, which violated a prior bond for grand larceny. 

Mr. Williams will be allowed to begin his home confinement as soon as a $50,000 bond is posted and his home is approved by the Raleigh County Home Confinement Department.


January 3, 2019, (11 am)

BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – A man who entered an abandoned mine had a bond revocation hearing this morning, his bond was revoked.

According to Prosecutor Kristen Keller, Eddie Williams Jr. had violated his previous bond by being with other people facing criminal charges and by violating other criminal activity.

He was in jail under a 100,000 dollar bond, Judge Dimlich granted the motion to revoke bond.


January 2, 2019 (12:15 pm) UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – The four people who entered an abandoned mine back in December in Raleigh County have all waived their preliminary hearing.

The case will now go to the circuit court.  Kayla Williams,  Erica Treadway, Cody Beverly, and Eddie Williams are facing several charges; including, conspiracy, destruction of property, and entering without breaking.

Stay with WOAY for further updates.


December 26, 2018 (3:15 pm) UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – The two women wanted for entering an abandoned mine have turned themselves in.

According to Raleigh County Magistrate Court, both Kayla Williams and Erica Treadway turned themselves in together Wednesday afternoon.

Erica Treadway and Kayla Williams are charged with conspiracy, destruction of property, and entering without breaking.  Bond for both women was set at 100,000 dollars.

Eddie Williams remains in SRJ under a 100,000 dollar bond.  Cody Beverly made bond on Saturday, December 22, 2018.

Stay with WOAY for further updates on this developing story.


December 22, 2018 (9:45 pm)  UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Cody Beverly is currently out in bond.  Eddie Williams remains in jail and deputies are still searching for Kayla Williams and Erica Treadway.


December 21, 2018 (10:45 pm) UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Latest on four people who entered an abandoned mine:

WOAY can confirm two out of the four people wanted by the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department have been taken into custody.

Eddie Williams, Jr. turned himself in around 6 pm Friday evening. WOAY waited at the Raleigh County Judicial Center for the arraignment, but Magistrate Tanner arraigned Williams behind closed doors and gave him a 100,000 dollar bond.

Shortly before 8pm Friday evening, WOAY was told that Cody Beverly had been arrested. WOAY waited for Beverly’s arraignment but was later told Magistrate Tanner would be leaving for the evening and no further details were provided.

As of now, Erica Treadway and Kayla Williams are still wanted by deputies.

Willaims is charged with false information to law enforcement, entering a building other than dwelling, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Beverly is charged with conspiracy, destruction of property, and entering without breaking. Bond for Beverly has not been set yet.

We will continue to update you on this developing story.


UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – Two people are in custody after entering an abandoned mine.

Sheriff Van Meter tells WOAY that Eddie Williams turned himself in this evening and Cody Beverly has been arrested.

Erica Treadway and Kayla Williams are still wanted.


UPDATE: BECKLEY, WV (WOAY) – One of four people have turned themselves into authorities Friday evening.

Eddie Williams turned himself in Friday evening shortly before 6 pm.

Willaims is charged with false information to law enforcement, entering a building other than dwelling, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Williams is being held in Southern Regional Jail and bond has not been set yet.


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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