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Sheriff: Human remains discovered at Lincoln-area lake identified

Posted at 3:25 PM, Jun 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-07 21:31:51-04

Update: Death of woman found near Lincoln area lake ruled a homicide

6/11/21 UPDATE:

The Lancaster County Sheriff provided an update on human remains found on Thursday near Pawnee Lake, just northwest of Lincoln.

Sheriff Terry T. Wagner said:

"Preliminary Autopsy results have identified the deceased located yesterday a Pawnee Lake. The family of the deceased has requested the identity be withheld until tomorrow. It is important for the family to have this time to contact other relatives and reflect on the discovery of their loved one. The cause and manner of death is still undetermined pending toxicology results, which could take 4-6 weeks. The west side of Pawnee Lake will be open for recreation traffic this afternoon.

A release will be made by 1500 hrs on Saturday."


Sheriff's investigators in southeastern Nebraska are investigating after human remains were found at a lake near Lincoln.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday that the remains were located on the southwest side of Pawnee Lake. The person's identity is not yet known and investigators say the site is being treated as a crime scene.

As such, the sheriff's department has blocked public access to vehicular and water traffic on the southwest side of the lake while the scene is investigated.

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