Around Oct. 25, 2017, DA’s investigators obtained a Gateway desktop computer belonging to Howard, according to Time Record News. The North Texas Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in Dallas found about 300 images of child pornography on the computer. The lab also found a number of images of the 18-year-old as a minor on the computer.
Original story: Caleb Diehl, 18, from Texas was last seen on March 30, 2015, when he was in Narcoma borrowing a pickup truck belonging to his part-time boss, Ricky Dale Howard, 53.
Howard was arrested on unrelated charges on May 18 on a warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm and social media feels he may be a connection to Caleb’s disappearance, then on June 2014 on Bring Caleb Diehl Home’s Facebook page it states, “Was arrested again for the gun charges. I don’t understand how it all works but they can arrest and try him separately for each one. Expecting he’ll be out on bail again tomorrow but maybe he’ll just get tired of being arrested and just tell us where Caleb is and take his punishment. I realize it’s probably an unrealistic hope but I can’t help it.–Tami Diehl”
Diehl lives in Grapeville and he borrowed Howard’s truck on that Monday afternoon and that’s the last he was heard from. The truck, however, turned back up on Wednesday, but Diehl did not. Authorities do not know how the truck got back to its owner. Authorities searched the truck for forensic evidence but found nothing.