Joshua Keadle first appearance

Joshua Keadle (right), 36, watches defense attorney Jeff Pickens as he makes his first appearance in Nemaha County Court in Auburn in October.

Joshua Keadle has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in connection with the disappearance and presumed death of a 19-year-old Peru State College student who vanished in 2010.

Keadle, 36, had been set for arraignment July 2, but Thursday, his attorney filed his written plea, waiving his appearance.

He hasn't yet been given a trial date.

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Tyler "Ty" Thomas' body never was found. But Keadle is believed to have been the last person to see her alive on Dec. 3, 2010.

Keadle told investigators he left her alive on the banks of the Missouri River after they had an argument.

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