Arrest Warrant Issued for Person Previously Stuck in Mine


Juandavid Velazquez, Reporter

An arrest warrant was issued on Thursday by authorities for one of four people who reportedly broke into a West Virginian mine to steal copper, according to court documents. Copper is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal used for rigid and flexible plumbing pipes, sinks, tubs, artwork, and gauges of electrical wires. Three of the people who entered the mine got lost and were later rescued after almost a week under.  

Authorities are currently looking to Eddie Williams, 43, on charges of felony conspiracy, breaking and entering, and giving false information to law enforcement officers, according to a criminal complaint. The police were initially told by Willimas that he entered the abandoned Rock House Powellton Mine in Clear Creek, roughly 30 miles from Charleston, West Virginia, looking for the three friends that were trapped, according to the complaint.  

Williams changed his mind, however, later telling the police that he went inside with Cody Beverley, 21; Kayla Williams, 25; and Erica Treadway, 31, on December 8, “to see if they left anything behind, copper, or anything.” Eddie Williams said the pairs separated to make love with he and Treadway, and Beverley and Kayla Willimas each going in different directions.  

According to the criminal complaint, “Eddie said that the pairs had split up to have sex with each other. Interviews with Kayla, Cody, and Erica at a later date did say that they had separated to have sex.”  

Eddie Williams escaped on December 10, later reporting that the others were missing and were rescued from the mine three days later after a large-scale rescue operation.  

Meanwhile the rescue efforts were in progress, Kayla William father, Randy Williams, told ABC News, “The reason they’re in there is to get copper.”  

“It’s worth money,” He said. “A couple years ago, it was up to $4 a pound. You could go into a mine and make $1,000 a day.” As of now, it’s unclear if the others will also face charges. According to the complaint, Eddie Williams said the group “had entered the mine before to try and make money.”  

Kayla and Beverley Williams spoke with reporters outside of Charleston General Hospital. They didn’t offer any details as to why they entered the mine, they said that the experience is “a life-changing experience for me,” Beverley told ABC News. “This is the biggest lesson I’ve ever learned in my life.”