Two Illinois men have been arrested and are being charged with kidnapping and conspiracy connected to last week’s disappearance of an Olive Branch teenager.
Juan E. Andrade, age 30, and Jason St. Aubin, age 29, both of Creal Springs, Ill. were both arrested Tuesday in Illinois. Olive Branch Police detectives, assisted by the Williamson County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Department, apprehended and charged the pair in the case of John Aubrey Peal III, age 14, who went missing on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Williamson County is located in the southern part of Illinois, northwest of Paducah, Ky. and southeast of St. Louis.
Andrade and St. Aubin are in the Williamson County Jail each on $555,555 bond on the kidnapping charge and $55,555 on the conspiracy charge, according to information the Olive Branch Police Department posted on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.
Both are also in the process of being extradited back to Mississippi. It is not immediately known when they will be brought back to DeSoto County.
The Olive Branch teenager, more commonly known as Aubrey Peal, is said to have used a video gaming chat service called Discord while gaming, of which he was an avid gamer.
Family members believed Aubrey met up with the pair through the service and communicated with them. It’s also believed the men then came to Mississippi and took him away.
Aubrey was reported missing on Wednesday morning, Aug. 1 and a search for him had been underway until last weekend. That is when Aubrey turned himself into an Illiinois fire department after seeing media reports about the ongoing search for him.
Bob Bakken is Staff Writer for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.