Search suspended for missing NE college student, SC man charged

AUBURN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities have suspended the search for a missing Peru State College student.

Nemaha County Sheriff Brent Lottman on Tuesday says officials have "exhausted" all search efforts for 19-year-old Tyler "Ty" Thomas.

The freshman from Bellevue was reported missing Dec. 3 after attending an off-campus party in Peru.

A 29-year-old South Carolina man, Joshua Keadle, is charged with providing false information and tampering with evidence in Tyler's disappearance.

Charges were filed Tuesday in a separate case against Keadle.

Nemaha County prosecutors charged him with three counts of first-degree sexual assault, with false imprisonment and terroristic threats in an Oct. 31 incident.

Keadle remains in the Nemaha County jail. His lawyer did not return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.

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