Police identify Lincoln man found dead at Motel 6, still searching landfill for evidence

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln Police identified the second victim of two recent homicides during their press conference on Wednesday.

The investigation isn’t over, as police are still searching for a bag thrown away by the suspect at the Lincoln landfill.

Police launched a homicide investigation on Aug. 31 after Ronald George, 61, was killed near People’s City Mission.

Their investigation led officers to William Wright, 55, who was charged with second-degree murder and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony.

Following the arrest of Wright, police found the body of Ronnie Patz, 49, of Lincoln at Motel 6 near the airport.

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Police say their latest timeline places Patz’s death between 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 29.  Wright is reported to have thrown items into the dumpster at the motel the following evening.

Once they determined that a dump truck took the contents to the landfill police began investigating the area, Assistant Police Chief Jason Stille said.

Due to the body’s condition, police used familial DNA testing to identify the body.  On Monday, the test came back positive for one of Patz’ biological family members.

The department has not said why they were unable to identify Patz’s body without DNA or what injuries he suffered before his death.

Crime scene investigators are still investigating the landfill and do not know when their search will be complete.

Stille says they are looking for a specific bag at the landfill but do not want to release what those items are at this time.

Police say Wright is the main, and only, suspect in Patz’s death.  Stille says Wright “should face other charges” as the investigation continues.

Lincoln Police continue to ask anyone who knew anyone involved or has information, photos or videos to call 402-441-6000 or CrimeStoppers at 402-475-3600.

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