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Deputies in Lincoln County say three people are facing charges after a search for a missing teen ended with police finding drugs in a Cherryville home.
According to deputies, investigators went to a home along the 1200 block of Bess Chapel Church Road, in Cherryville, searching for a missing 15-year-old boy, with brain damage, on Tuesday morning.
The detective asked the person who came to the door if Justin Scott Rathbone was inside the home and the man said he had not seen Rathbone. Rathbone had been reported missing last Wednesday after going missing the day before.
Deputies entered the home and say they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and asked for permission to search the residence. During the search, detectives found Rathbone hiding in the attic of the home.
Deputies found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and marijuana seeds in a room occupied by Emery Watts, 60. He is charged with one misdemeanor count each of Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He posted a $500 secured bond.
A second person in the home, 18-year-old Joshua Alan Gilbert was charged with felony Manufacturing a Controlled Substance Schedule VI and one misdemeanor count each of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resist, Delay and Obstruct a Public Officer. He was released on a $5,000 secured bond.
A woman, who lives nearby, was also charged by deputies. Rebecca Kirkland Eaker, 46, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of Contributing to the Delinquency and Neglect by a Parent/Other and Resist, Delay and Obstruct a Public Officer. She was released on an $800 secured bond.
"The missing teen had been staying at the Eaker residence,"Detective Lt. Tim Johnson told WBTV. "And it's illegal to hide a missing juvenile from the law."