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Brittney Kustes Suspect Roy Vernon Elwell Arrested by US Marshals

Brittney Kustes (Personal Photo)

BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (CBS/WLKY) U.S. Marshals have captured a suspect in connection to the disappearance of 19-year-old Brittney Kustes.

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Marshals caught up with Roy Vernon Elwell II at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Gospel Kingdom campground in Bullitt County, Ky., reports CBS affiliate WLKY.

Police said Elwell was at a relative's RV.

Authorities believe Elwell was with Kustes while she was missing for nearly two weeks before being reunited with her family. During the 13 days Kustes was missing, she told family members she was locked in a bedroom in a house in the area of Glasgow, about 90 miles south of Louisville.

Police said Elwell is a registered sex offender with a violent criminal history.

Elwell was interviewed by Bullitt County Sheriff's Department detectives who said he was "rambling and talking in circles," according to WLKY.

Detective Scotty McGaha said Elwell denies kidnapping Kustes, and he has not been charged in her disappearance. Investigators said they are still working to substantiate statements they have received.

Family members said that when Kustes arrived at University Hospital after her rescue, she had injuries from being choked and scratches on her legs from being in the woods. She was also malnourished.

Detectives have interviewed Kustes at length about what happened during the 13 days she was missing. Police have not revealed what, if any, charges Elwell could face in connection with Kustes' disappearance.

Deputies said Elwell is also being investigated by Kentucky State Police in connection with an unrelated death investigation.

That death took place at a home where Elwell and Kustes were allegedly seen during the time the 19-year-old was missing, officials said.

Deputies said Elwell was taken to Louisville for questioning after his arrest.

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