BREAKING: Police Name Two Suspects Connected To Lincoln Woman’s Death

LINCOLN–(KFOR Jan. 7)–Lincoln Police early Friday afternoon said at a news conference they have named two suspects in the death of a 23-year-old Lincoln woman, whose body was found in western Lancaster County last June.

Police Chief Teresa Ewins said in a statement that Joesef Barraza’s arrest is forthcoming in connection to Schaaf’s death.  Barraza and Rachel Pageler were arrested June 4 at a home in the 800 block of South 10th Street, where a search of the home found drugs and other items.  Once arrested, Barraza will be charged with murder, kidnapping and three counts of sexual assault.   Rachel Pageler will be charged with kidnapping and being an accessory to murder in Schaaf’s death.

Schaaf had been reported missing May 19 and on June 10, her body was found on the southwest shore of Pawnee Lake.  Her remains were confirmed two days later and investigators determined her death was under suspicious circumstances.

In October, Schaaf’s death certificate showed she died from asphyxia due to smothering combined with a drug overdose.  Medical examiners ruled the death a homicide.

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