James Phelps, 58, and Timothy Norton, 56, both from Missouri, have been charged with keeping a missing woman in a locked cage on their property. Cassidy Rainwater, a 33-year-old woman who had been missing since late July, was said to have been kept in the cage half-naked. The two have been charged with kidnapping in the first degree. The arrest was made after the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the FBI about the missing woman’s case. A tipster claimed that a photo showed Rainwater, who has ties to Dallas, Laclede, and Greene counties, being held captive while partially naked, according to court documents.
Phelps is also said to be the last person to see Cassidy Rainwater. Rainwater was staying with Phelps until she moved to Colorado, he told a detective who met with him at his Lebanon home on September 1. Rainwater left his home in the middle of the night about a month ago, according to Phelps, and met someone in a vehicle at the end of his driveway. According to court records, investigators obtained a search warrant for Phelps’ cellphone and discovered seven photos of Rainwater partially naked while held in a cage on his property in Lebanon. Who was Sheridan Wahl?
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