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Peter Pan Park homicide investigation continues

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By: Jenn Schanz

One day after Lincoln's first homicide of the new year, police are still looking for answers.

Around 10:30 Thursday morning, officers found the body of 27–year–old Jarvis Long of Lincoln.

He'd been stabbed several times in the chest. Police say he was a transient, so they've had a hard time connecting the dots.

"We've identified the fact that he was out and about on Wednesday evening walking around, and early Thursday morning walking around the Clinton and Malone area," says Chief Jim Peschong of the Lincoln Police Department. 

Though officers aren't sure what led up to his death, Long has a previous criminal history involving drugs and alcohol.

Neighbors say drugs and crime aren't new to the park. Despite being saddened by the news, they say they're not surprised.

"There's always people that are coming through the park. Sometimes they'll just crash here cause they have no place else to go. Drug addicts will get high and go over there and sit," says June Bilyeu. 

She's lived in the area for years. She says neighbors look out for each other, but everyone knows not to venture into the park at night.

"It is unsettling to know that there is so much that goes on to the west of us," she says.

Police keep an extra eye on it too, they say there's always an officer patrolling the area at night due to the large number of crime–related calls they get.

An autopsy for Long was scheduled for Friday morning, police are waiting on those results.

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