There has been another arrest in the case of a missing Burke County man.

The Watauga Democrat reports that late Wednesday, the Johnson County Tennessee Sheriff's Department arrested Brittany Michelle Arnold, age 25, of Simp Branch Road, Mountain City, and charged her with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping. According to the report, Johnson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Tricia Morefield said Arnold was issued a $65,000 secured bond.

This makes the sixth arrest in the case of Carlton Lamaar Edmondson, missing from the Valdese area of Burke County since January 19th.

Officials believe Edmondson was kidnapped, assaulted and abandoned somewhere in Tennessee, and the search for Edmondson is continuing. Media reports indicated Edmondson's family received a phone call from an unknown person demanding money for his return.

Edmondson is a 30-year-old black man, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, approximately 250 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on Edmondson’s whereabouts should contact the Burke County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 438-5500.

Burke County, Watauga County and Johnson County law enforcement agencies continue investigating the case.

The other five arrested in the case:
- Robert Leroy Littleton III, 31, of Fleetwood, and Leighkatherine Mina, 30, of Boone, were arrested and charged with first-degree felony kidnapping.

- Michael Stacey-James May, 39, of 887 Slabtown Road, Zionville, was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant from the state of Tennessee for a charge of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.

- James Combs, 30, of 1151 Slabtown Road, Zionville, was arrested on a fugitive warrant from Tennessee for a charge of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.

May and Combs have been extradited to Tennessee.

- Valerie Ann Dollar, age 24, 8958 NC 105 South, Boone, was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant from the state of Tennessee for a charge of conspiracy to commit especially aggravated kidnapping.