Raleigh County Sheriff Scott VanMeter said he plans to conduct a thorough investigation into four adults who entered an inactive coal mine.
Sheriff Van Meter said Thursday the criminal investigation will focus on why the adults were in the Elk Run Coal’s Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek and find out what happened.
Meanwhile, one of those people, is currently facing criminal charges in an unrelated case of copper theft in Raleigh County.
Eddie Williams of Artie, was indicted in May on charges of breaking into a mine and stealing 60 feet of copper mining wire. The indictment also says Williams “on or about the 19th day of January 2018, in the said County of Raleigh, did unlawfully destroy, injure or deface certain property not his own, belonging to Alpha Natural Resources, to-wit: 60 feet of copper mining wire, causing loss of value of approximately $1,216.20.” Williams was also indicted on trespassing charges in this case.
Williams was out on bond for that case when he went missing in the Elk Run Coal’s Rock House Powellton mine.
Erica Treadway, Cody Williams and Kayla Williams were with Eddie Williams in that mine when they were separated. Eddie Williams left the mine on Monday. The other three were rescued Wednesday night after spending four days inside the underground mine. An abandoned ATV the four were believed to be riding had been found near the mine entrance.