CHARGES have been filed by federal prosecutors in the mysterious case involving missing 19-year-old Dylan Rounds.
Court document obtained by The Sun showed charges against Rounds’ neighbor, 59-year-old James Brenner with one count of possessing a firearm while being a felon.
The complaint was filed on Wednesday in the US District Court in Salt Lake City and does not make any mention of Brenner being a person of interest or suspect in Rounds’ disappearance.
New details about Rounds’ disappearance have been revealed from an FBI affidavit in the complaint.
Rounds was living on a farm near Lucin, Utah when his family reported him missing on May 30 after Rounds told them on the one that he was “putting the grain truck in a shelter.”
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The complaint read that the shelter for the grain truck was on land where Brenner was squatting in a trailer and that the two had known each other.
A search warrant was executed by the FBI on June 16 at Brenner’s trailer, finding ammunition, ignition caps and black powder associated with muzzleloader firearms.
The FBI interview a friend of Brenner’s on June 20, who explained that after Rounds disappeared, Brenner brought three black powder firearms and asked the friend to keep them.
“When [amico] asked ‘why’, Brenner stated that he needed to do this for ‘his own safety’ and that ‘the last time he had trouble with the law they took everything from him, and he did not want the things he had left to be taken again’”, said FBI special agent Jeremiah Fowlke in the complaint.
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In una dichiarazione, the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office said, “Box Elder County volunteer teams have logged over 300 hours searching, covering over 3,000 miglia (not including the hours and miles traveled to and from the remote search areas).
“Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Deputies have also been searching around the clock, weekdays and weekends. Finora, detectives have spent over 650 hours investigating this case.
“These numbers continue to increase daily and do not include the time and resources contributed by assisting law enforcement agencies and search teams.”
Intanto, Rounds’ parents are asking anyone with information to come forward and have offered a reward.
“We need to have something,” said Cooley.
“We need a direction. Even if you don’t think it’s important, the smallest little piece of something could help. Please tell us.”
Dylan was last seen working on his farm, where he reportedly had a strange encounter with an unknown man days earlier.
“The man was walking down the gravel road barefoot. He flagged Dylan down, who was in his truck,” Rounds’ aunt Katie Wells told East Idaho News.
She added that on the Wednesday before his disappearance, Rounds spoke with several family members on the phone about the man.
“He asked to use Dylan’s phone and was acting erratically.
“Dylan felt the man was dangerous and may have been high. When he asked Dylan for a ride, (Dylan) did not give him a ride.”
According to Wells, the man was seen again in Montello, Nevada a few days later, asking about Rounds.
Other reports indicate that the mystery man may have received a ride to the teen’s trailer on Saturday.