Hearing for suspect in Neb. student disappearance

AUBURN, Neb. (AP) - A South Carolina man suspected in the disappearance of a missing Nebraska college student will be back in court this week.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday for 29-year-old Joshua Keadle. He faces charges of first-degree sexual assault, false imprisonment and terroristic threats in Nemaha County Court. He's accused of raping a Peru State College student on Halloween.

Authorities say Keadle is a person of interest in the Dec. 3 disappearance of another student. He's being held on suspicion of providing false information and tampering with evidence in Tyler "Ty" Thomas' disappearance, but no formal charges have been filed.

Keadle, who originally is from Swansea, S.C., was being held Sunday in the Nemaha County jail on $950,000 bail. Messages left for his public defender have not been returned.

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