Elwell indicted by grand jury

Brittney Kustes (Source; Laurie Kustes)
Brittney Kustes (Source; Laurie Kustes)
Laurie Kustes
Laurie Kustes
Lt. Scotty McGaha
Lt. Scotty McGaha

Shepherdsville, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email
Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The manhunt for a convicted sex offender is over. Roy Vernon Elwell, Junior being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center awaiting transfer to Louisville on outstanding warrants. Police searched for Elwell for nearly 2-1/2 weeks and authorities say he was with a missing Bullitt County teen.

More than a week after a national TV plea for Elwell to run himself in, the tips never stopped.

"I had gotten a call from the U.S. Marshals that they thought that they were probably getting some good locations," said Lt. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office.

Late on August 4, one of those locations panned out. Marshals found Elwell hiding at the home of a relative off Highway 44 in an area of Bullitt County referred to as Midgetville.

"He kinda talked in circles, McGaha said. "He mentioned a lot of different things."

Police said Elwell, who had been on the run for more than two weeks, had been moving around. Bullitt County detectives named Elwell as a person of interest in the two week disappearance of 19-year-old Brittney Kustes.

"They wanted him to get rid of the girl, the people that he was around, because it was just too hot," said McGaha.

According to McGaha, the attention on the case is the reason why Kustes was dropped off on July 30 at Lebanon Junction off Interstate 65. Laurie Kustes, Brittney's mother, says her daughter was with Elwell willingly at first, but when Brittney wanted to go home several hours later, she was held against her will.

"She wasn't allowed to go to the bathroom by herself, just like he was treating her like some horrible person," said Laurie Kustes. "It will all come out … bad things were done to her.

McGaha said that for the majority of the two-week period, the pair was in Monroe County. What happened during those two weeks is still under investigation, as are whether Elwell will face charges in this case.

As he was being taken to jail late Wednesday night, Elwell was asked if he had anything to say about what happened or if he hurt Brittney in any way?  Elwell responded, "No, I did not."

The Kustes family is relieved that Elwell is finally behind bars.

"She went through a traumatic experience and she's going to take a long time to help her get through this," said Laurie Kustes.

A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Elwell on August 5 on six charges, including fleeing and evading, criminal mischief, and reckless driving.

WAVE 3 News Anchor Janelle MacDonald also contributed information for this story.

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