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Authorities make arrests connected to possible homicide

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Posted at 5:39 PM, Jul 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 17:52:03-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Neb. (KMTV) — Jefferson County authorities have arrested two people in connection with a possible homicide that occurred on July 1 in Fairbury.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on July 7, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call regarding the two subjects that were wanted in connection with the incident.

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 p.m, two people exited the residence. Caitlyn Grable, 21, and Jerry Gilbert, 25, of Odessa, TX were taken into custody without incident.

At approximately 4 a.m. Monday, Gilbert lead investigators to the deceased body of an adult male. Investigators processed the scene and recovered the body, which was transported to the Douglas County Coroner's Office for an autopsy planned for Wednesday morning.

The name of the victim will be released upon positive identification and notification of next of kin.

Update 7/11/19 - The victim has been identifed as 28-year-old Marc C. Jarrell of Lincoln, Nebraska.

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. Bond has not been set and a first appearance is pending, authorities say.

Grable is being held on accessory to 2nd degree murder, possession of controlled substance, assault and tampering with evidence. Bond for Grable has also not been set and a first appearance is pending.

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

Original Story

Jefferson County authorities are searching for a man and woman in connection with a possible homicide that occurred July 1 at Crystal Springs Park in Fairbury.

At approximately 7:42 p.m. on July 4, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office received information regarding the possible homicide. A Beatrice Police Department officer was given information on the shooting, including names of possible suspects and a description of a suspect vehicle.

Authorities initiated an investigation and the search for a victim, crime scene and vehicle began.

Shortly after midnight on July 6, the suspect vehicle was found by a Nebraska State Patrol trooper. The driver, 23-year-old Trey Saathoff of Diller, was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

The suspect vehicle showed signs that confirmed information from the Beatrice Police Department. A search warrant was issued for the vehicle in order to locate and recover crime evidence. A crime scene was also located and evidence was collected; however, as of Sunday morning, no victim has been found.

Thirty-one year old Justin Crenshaw, also known as Crash, is named by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office as the possible shooting suspect. Authorities say he could be in a 2013 silver Honda with Texas license plate number CVZ4221.

Crenshaw is a white male, 6'2", 240 lbs with hazel eyes, brown hair and a tattoo of a cross on his right shoulder. He may be accompanied by 21-year-old Caitlyn Grable, 5'2", 198 lbs with blue eyes and brown or pink hair.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the suspects are considered armed and dangerous. If they are observed, do not approach them immediately and instead contact local law enforcement.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 402-729-2284 or the Nebraska State Patrol at 402-422-1494.

Agencies continue to search for the victim or their remains.