A North Platte couple accused of drug possession and other crimes were found in Grand Island and returned Tuesday to Lincoln County, after they disappeared six days earlier.

Keith Jenkins, 34, and Taylor Jenkins Powell, 27, were not home on Thursday, Feb. 6 when sheriff’s deputies and police converged on their home in the 800 block of West B St.

The couple was wanted on warrants for previous charges of possession of controlled substance and child abuse.

Armed with a search warrant, deputies and officers reportedly found three pickup loads of stolen property, as well as stolen gun parts and drug paraphernalia, the sheriff’s office said.

The victim of a previous burglary in rural Lincoln County identified the suspected stolen items, the sheriff’s office said.

Although the couple was gone, Taylor’s two children were home, and consequently were placed with child protection services, a division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

The sheriff’s office published a report Friday on Facebook in hopes someone had information as to their whereabouts.

Jenkins and Powell were found Sunday, Feb. 9 in Grand Island at a shelter there. The staff identified them and summoned the police, G.I. Police Capt. Jim Duering said.

Duering didn’t have specific details about the arrest, but said it’s likely the staff at the shelter checked for background information and found the warrants.

Jenkins and Powell were transported to Lincoln County on Tuesday to face charges. On Friday in Lincoln County Court, Jenkins was charged with theft by receiving, less than $500. Prosecutors said that theft occurred on Jan. 10.

The couple has not yet appeared on charges of meth possession and child neglect, according to court records.


Prior charges

Both Jenkins and Powell were charged in early October with possession of controlled substances as well as child abuse / neglect.

When their home was searched in October, police said it was in disarray and filthy, with trash and food scattered all along the floors and counters, according to an affidavit filed in Lincoln County court.

Also, the door to Keith and Taylor’s room was open and officers found used syringes and remnants of meth along with loose pills on the dresser, the affidavit said, leading to charges of child abuse / neglect.

Jenkins was out of jail on bond on those charges, but ordered to submit to drug tests each week. He failed four straight tests in December, according to court records.