Three men have been arrested after being indicted by a Johnston County grand jury in the disappearance of Christopher Cole Thomas, who was reported missing last November in Benson.
The three were arrested Monday in Wayne and Harnett counties and are being held in the Johnston County jail, Benson police said Monday night. They were identified as:
Julian Valles Jr., 34, of Dudley, charged with three felony counts of obstruction of justice and one felony count of concealment of a death; he is being held on a $750,000 secured bond.
Anthony Ridell James Jr., 26, of Mount Olive, charged with one felony count of obstruction of justice and one felony count of concealment of a death; his bond is set at $350,000.
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Rudolfo DeLeon Jr., 27, of Mount Olive, charged with one felony count of concealment of a death; his bond is set at $1 million.
No other information on the indictments will be released as the investigation continues, Benson police said Monday.
Thomas, of Live Oak, Fla., was 22 when he disappeared on Nov. 25, 2016, after stopping his car while driving through Benson and running away, two passengers in his car said.
Thomas ran away in a neighborhood at North Elm Street and East Morgan Street, his passengers said. They said they tried in vain to find him.
Thomas had been working in Minnesota and was headed through North Carolina to spend Thanksgiving with a co-worker living in Durham, police said at the time.