Two men have been arrested for missing a woman from Dallas State

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Two men have been arrested for missing a woman from Dallas State

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office made posts on its social media accounts over the last two weeks indicating the investigation is still very active.

According to court documents, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office deputies interviewed Phelps after the missing person’s report for Rainwater was filed in August, as they had determined he was the last known person to have contact with her. Phelps told police at the time that Rainwater had been staying in a loft on his property on Moon Valley Road in Lebanon while she “got back on her feet” but she left in the middle of the night possibly to go to Colorado.

Following the FBI tip, Dallas County investigators took Phelps into custody and seized his phone as evidence. On his phone they found several more photos of Rainwater partially nude in a cage on Phelps’ property, court documents say.After Phelps’ arrest, Norton — his co-defendant — was interviewed by the sheriff’s office and allegedly admitted he knew Rainwater was being held in a cage on Phelps’ property. More:Republic police investigating suspected murder-suicide

At the time, investigators looked at the loft where Rainwater had been staying and in court documents noted that it looked “stripped” with no personal belongings of hers to be found. Law enforcement in Dallas County continued to investigate until mid-September when they were contacted by the FBI office in Kansas City. Their office had anonymously received a photo of a partially nude Rainwater being held in a cage, according to court documents.

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  • Two men have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Dallas County woman. James Phelps, 58, and Timothy Norton, 56, have been charged with the kidnapping of Cassidy Rainwater. Rainwater, 33, has been missing since late July, and court documents say investigators recently found pictures on Phelps’ phone of Rainwater being held in a cage.

  • “Due to the extreme nature of the crime and the continuation of the investigation, additional details cannot be released at this time,” the sheriff’s office said in a post announcing Phelps’ arrest. Reached by phone on Friday, Dallas County Prosecutor Jonathan Barker said he could not comment on the case or whether additional charges might be filed.

According to court documents, Norton told deputies that on July 24, Phelps asked him to come to his home and help restrain Rainwater. Norton said after arriving at Phelps’ house, he “did physically confine” Rainwater by “holding her down for a substantial period of time.”

Both men have been arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping, facilitating a felony, inflicting injury and terrorizing, and are being held in jail without bond. As of press time, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office had not given an update on the whereabouts of Rainwater. Attorneys listed for Phelps and Norton did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment for this report.