Jefferson County authorities arrested two suspects Sunday afternoon who are believed to be involved in a possible homicide.
According to a news release sent to KFOR News Sunday evening, Sheriff’s units were dispatched to the residence at 1504 D Street in Fairbury. With the assistance of the Thayer County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol, a perimeter was set up and several nearby houses were evacuated.
A hostage negotiator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office used a public address system on a patrol vehicle to make contact with the two subjects.
At approximately 5:30 pm, a male and a female exited the front of the residence. Both were taken into custody without incident. They were identified as Caitlyn Grable, 21, and Jerry W. Gilbert, 25, both of Odessa, TX.
KFOR News media partner 10/11 Now reports the Jefferson County Sheriff, Nels Sorenson said Gilbert brought authorities to a ditch southeast of Fairbury where they found a deceased black man Monday morning.
The name of the victim has not been released. Sheriff Sorensen does not believe Gilbert and the victim knew each other.
Gilbert was charged with second degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence and improper disposal of human remains.
Caitlyn Grable, 21 also from Odessa, TX was charged with accessory to second degree murder.
Originally, it was reported that the Sheriff’s Office was looking for Justin Crenshaw. Continued investigation has determined that Crenshaw was not involved in the incident.
On July 6, just after midnight, a suspect vehicle was located by a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol, and the driver, 23-year-old Trey Saathoff of Diller, was arrested on drug charges.
The investigation is still ongoing and an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office believes that there is no threat to the public at this time.