Berryville man accused of harboring runaway to return to Carroll County for trial
BERRYVILLE -- A Berryville man accused of harboring a 16-year-old runaway girl should return to Carroll County this week, Sheriff Bob Grudek said.
Evan Pearson, 24, has been charged with Interference with Custody, a Class C Felony, in connection with the Oct. 31 disappearance of Desiray Thibodeaux, of Oak Grove.
Pearson waived extradition on Nov. 26, according to the Rowan County Circuit Clerk's Office. As of Tuesday, he was still being held in the Rowan County Detention Center. However, Grudek said he expected to have Pearson transported back to Carroll County within the week.
Cmdr. Steven Snyder of the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said last month that Thibodeaux and Pearson had been found early Thanksgiving morning on the campus of Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. The pair were found sleeping in a car.
The university police's accidental discovery was an unexpected twist in the case. Authorities had said the week prior they were concentrating their efforts in Oklahoma, where the two had last been spotted on Nov. 3 at the home of one of Pearson's relatives.
Sgt. Daniel Klatt, of the Sheriff's Office, had said at the time that tracking data from Pearson's cell phone had been used to follow the pair's whereabouts.
Catherine Thibodeaux had reported her daughter missing in the wee hours of Nov. 1, after she did not return home from a Halloween evening event at Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church.
Witnesses later told investigators they had seen Thibodeaux that night get into Pearson's 1994 Chevy 1500 extended cab truck.
Thibodeaux said Pearson was a recent acquaintance of her daughter's. The two had met about one month before Thibodeaux disappeared, not long after Pearson hired the girl's brother, Adam, to work for his logging enterprise.
Investigators had initially said they believed Thibodeaux left with Pearson of her own free will. However, they had since suggested she might have been in danger.
No trial date has yet been set for Pearson.