Two arrested after breaking into West Virginia mine; two more sought

Two of the four people who allegedly broke into a West Virginia mine earlier this month and got trapped inside for several days have been taken into custody, and arrest warrants have been issued for the remaining two.

The foursome allegedly broke into a West Virginia mine to steal copper, according to court documents. Three of those who entered the mine got lost and were rescued after almost a week underground.

Eddie Williams Jr., 43, turned himself in on Friday evening. He is charged with breaking and entering, felony conspiracy and giving false information to law enforcement officers, according to a criminal complaint.

Cody Beverly, 21, was also arrested on Friday, according to Raleigh County law enforcement officials.

Williams initially told police that he entered the abandoned Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek, about 30 miles southeast of Charleston, West Virginia, to search for three friends who were trapped, the complaint said.

PHOTO: Ed Williams is seen here in this undated file photo.Courtesy Williams Family
Ed Williams is seen here in this undated file photo.

He later recanted, though, telling police that he went inside with Cody Beverly, 21; Kayla Williams, 25; and Erica Treadway, 31, on Dec. 8, “to see if they left anything behind, copper, or anything.”

The arrest warrants for the two women allegedly involved in the incident remained outstanding as of late Friday evening.

Eddie Williams said the pairs separated “to have sex” with he and Treadway going in one direction and Beverly and Kayla Williams going in another.

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

Eddie Williams managed to escape on Dec. 10, and reported the others missing. They were pulled out of the mine three days later after a large-scale rescue operation.

It’s worth money. A couple years ago it was up to almost $4 a pound. You could go into a mine and make $1,000 a day.

PHOTO: Kayla Williams is seen here in an undated file photo.Courtesy Williams Family
Kayla Williams is seen here in an undated file photo.

While the rescue efforts were underway, Kayla Williams’ 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 almost $4 a pound. You could go into a mine and make $1,000 a day.”

Eddie Williams said the group “had entered the mine before to try and make money,” according to the complaint.

PHOTO: Cody Beverly is seen here in this undated file photo.Courtesy Beverly Family
Cody Beverly is seen here in this undated file photo.
PHOTO: Erica Treadway is seen here in this undated file photo.Courtesy Treadway Family
Erica Treadway is seen here in this undated file photo.

Beverly and Kayla Williams spoke with reporters outside of Charleston General Hospital, where they were taken for an evaluation after being rescued. Although they didn’t offer details on why they entered the underground mine, they said the experience had taught them the biggest lesson of their lives.

“This is a life-changing experience for me,” Beverly told ABC News. “This is the biggest lesson I’ve ever learned in my life.”

ABC News’ Karma Allen and Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.

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