Update: Body of homicide victim found in rural area outside of Fairbury

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office News Release:

On July 7th, 2019, two subjects were arrested as persons of interest in the possible homicide of an adult male at Crystal Springs Park.

They were 25-year old Jerry Gilbert and 21-year old Caitlin Grable.

Investigators interviewed the two subjects into the evening hours.

At approximately 4 am, Monday morning, Jerry Gilbert led investigators to the deceased body of an adult male.

The scene was processed and the body was recovered and transported to Douglas County Coroner’s Office for an Autopsy on Wednesday morning.

Upon a positive identification of the victim and notification of next of kin, his name will be released. 

Gilbert is being held on 2nd 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.  A bond has not been set and a first appearance is pending.

Grable is being held on Accessory to 2nd Degree Murder, Possession of Controlled Substance, Assault, Tampering with Evidence.  Bond has not been set and a first appearance is pending. 

The Silver Honda with Texas plates CVZ4221 has been recovered.  The public is encouraged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office 402-729-2284 or the Nebraska State Patrol 402-471-4545 if they have any information on this ongoing investigation.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office News Release:

At approximately 4:15pm, July 7 2019, Jefferson County Communications received a 911 call regarding the two subjects that were wanted in connection to a possible homicide under investigation by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol. 

Sheriff’s units were dispatched to a residence on 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. Gilbert has been identified in connection to the possible homicide investigation.  

Continued investigation has determined that Justin Crenshaw, previously sought in connection to this case, was not involved in the incident. 

 The investigation is still ongoing.  Authorities with multiple agencies are still looking for the victim and the silver Honda with TX license plates. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office believes that there is no threat to the public at this time.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office News Release:

At approximately 7:42 p.m, July 4 2019, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was given information of a possible homicide that took place on July 1st, 2019 at Crystal Springs Park, Fair bury, NE.

An officer with the Beatrice Police Department had been given information that a shooting had occurred at Crystal Springs.  We were given names of possible suspects and description of a vehicle that was involved. An investigation was initiated and a search for a victim, crime scene and vehicle began. 

On July 6th, 2019 shortly after midnight the suspect vehicle was located by a Trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol, the driver Trey Saathoff, 23, of Diller, NE was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.  The vehicle was seized and showed signs that confirmed information from Beatrice Police Department. A search warrant was issued for the vehicle to locate and recover evidence of the crime.  The crime scene was also located and evidence was collected. As of Sunday morning, July 7, a victim has NOT been located. 

An identity of the shooter was developed as a subject with the nickname of “Crash”. His real name is Justin Crenshaw. Crenshaw could be in a 2013 Silver Honda with Texas license plate number CVZ4221. Crenshaw is a 31-year-old white male, 6’2”, 240 pounds, with hazel eyes, brown hair, and a tattoo of a cross on his right shoulder. Crenshaw may be accompanied by a female Caitlyn Grable, 21-years-old, 5’2”, 198 pounds, with blue eyes, brown or pink hair.

These people should be considered armed and dangerous. If they are observed do not approach them and immediately contact local law enforcement via 911.  Anyone with information on these subjects is encouraged to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office 402-729-2284 or the Nebraska State Patrol 402-422-1494.

Agencies are still attempting to locate the victim or their remains. If you see something say something.

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