Two people were arrested in Fairbury late Sunday afternoon in connection with a possible homicide July 1 in Crystal Springs Park there, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.
In a news release, Sheriff Nels Sorensen said Caitlyn Grable, 21, and Jerry W. Gilbert, 25, both of Odessa, Texas, had walked out of a house at 1504 D St. in Fairbury about 5:30 p.m. and surrendered without incident.
According to the news release, authorities had received a 911 call about 4:15 p.m. Sunday concerning two subjects who were wanted in connection with the possible homicide case. Sheriff’s officers then were dispatched to the house on D Street.
With help from the neighboring Thayer County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol, a perimeter was established around the house and several nearby residences were evacuated. A hostage negotiator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office then used a public address system on a patrol vehicle to make contact with the two subjects.
Gilbert has been identified in connection with the possible homicide investigation. Meanwhile, another individual named Justin Crenshaw, who had been identified earlier as a person of interest in the case, now has been cleared as having not been involved.
The possible homicide case was opened Thursday evening when the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office was given information about a possible killing in Crystal Springs Park on July 1.
An officer with the Beatrice Police Department reportedly had been given information that a shooting had occurred at Crystal Springs. Names of possible suspects and a description of the vehicle that purportedly was involved were supplied.
An investigation was initiated, and a search for a victim, crime scene and vehicle began.
Shortly after midnight Saturday, the suspect vehicle was found by a Nebraska State Patrol officer. The driver, Trey Saathoff, 23, of Diller, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail in Fairbury.
The vehicle was seized and showed signs that confirmed information from the Beatrice Police Department. A search warrant for the car was issued to allow the opportunity for location and recovery of evidence. The crime scene also was located, and evidence was collected there.
As of Sunday night, authorities with multiple agencies still were looking for the victim and a 2013 silver Honda with Texas license plate number CVZ4221. But the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office believed there was no ongoing threat to the public.