Murder conviction reached in missing Peru State student case

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By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

A
former Peru State College student has been convicted of killing a fellow
student in a missing person case that dates back to late 2010.

A jury
in Beatrice has convicted Joshua Keadle of second-degree murder in the presumed
death of 19-year-old Tyler Thomas, missing since December 3rd of
2010. Thomas hasn’t been seen since leaving a party near the Peru State campus
in southeast Nebraska.

Prosecutors
told jurors Keadle told authorities he and Thomas had sex in his vehicle the night
she disappeared. Fellow college students told jurors Thomas had asked them to
tell police he was with them the night Thomas disappeared.

Keadle
maintained throughout the trial he left Thomas at a Missouri River boat dock,
alive.