Ex-husband of missing woman arrested on gun/drug charges; Woman's family hopes for answers

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

46-year-old Bill Crider was arrested in front of the E-Z Pawn Shop in Prestonsburg, which police say he manages. He is charged with drug trafficking and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

Police say their narcotics team has been running an ongoing investigations for the past six months in which they've made undercover buys at E-Z Pawn Shop.

On Wednesday, they would find pills, guns, and $17,000 dollars in cash believed to be connected to the pills. Bill Crider now sits behind bars.

It''s an arrest that has Lexington Police once again looking into the case involving his now ex-wife Joyce Crider. Crider went missing in 2002 when she told her family she was going to see Bill Crider, who she was in the middle of a divorce with.

"We just never heard anything else. Total absence," Mike Gaines, Joyce Crider's brother, said in an interview with 27 Newsfirst last year.

Police have since searched several areas hoping to find her remains. The most recent search was over a year ago in Floyd County on property owned by Bill Crider.

"In our opinion, he was heavily involved. He is involved," Mike Gaines previously said.

Police never charged him or anyone else in the case and Joyce Crider has never been found. Now, with the recent arrest of Bill Crider on unrelated charges, family members are hoping this story will encourage someone to come forward letting them know what happened to her.

If you would like to leave an anonymous tip about this case, you can call Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020.

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