Two Missouri males are going through kidnapping expenses and terrorizing expenses Tuesday after they allegedly saved a missing woman locked in a cage on one in every of their properties and lied to authorities through the investigation, in response to court docket paperwork.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Workplace was contacted by an FBI agent in Kansas Metropolis on Sept. 16 about an nameless tip, advising that there was a photograph exhibiting the lacking lady, Cassidy Rainwater, 33, being held in a cage, court docket paperwork said. Rainwater has been lacking since July 25, authorities stated.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the cellular phone of James Phelps, 58, – one of many suspects – and saiod they discovered seven partially nude photographs of Rainwater being held in a cage on his property in Lebanon, about 160 miles southwest of St. Louis.
The opposite suspect, Timothy Norton, 56, was recognized by detectives as being related to the case, FOX 4 of Kansas Metropolis reported.
Norton was interviewed on Sept. 19 and instructed investigators he was an over-the-road trucker who lived in his truck even when he was not actively working. He was interviewed once more the next day after officers stated they decided he supplied info that was not correct.
Throughout that interview, Norton confessed that he knew Rainwater was being held inside a cage on the dwelling of Phelps, police stated. Norton allegedly stated he helped restrain the sufferer on July 24 after Phelps requested him to return to his dwelling.
The final individual to have seen Rainwater was Phelps, in response to court docket paperwork. Whereas the sheriff’s workplace has but to launch particulars on Rainwater’s location or standing, it wrote in a Fb submit on Sept. 18 that there was “no immediate danger to the public.”
On Sept. 1, a detective went to the house of Phelps, who stated Rainwater had been staying with him till she might get again on her toes, in response to court docket information. Authorities stated Phelps instructed the detective that roughly a month prior, she left in the midst of the evening and met a car on the finish of the driveway and had not been heard from since.
The detective famous that he did not see any of her belongings on the loft on the property, which appeared prefer it had been “stripped,” FOX 4 reported. Phelps stated the lady had been speaking about going to Colorado.
Norton and Phelps had been each arrested this month following the nameless tip.
They’re every charged with one depend of first-degree kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting harm, and terrorizing – a category B felony.
Phelps was assigned a public defender, whereas Norton appeared in court docket Tuesday with out a lawyer by way of video convention and was moved to the Greene County Jail in Springfield.
The following court docket date for each males is Oct. 5.