4 people arrested after man’s remains found in rural Nebraska ditch
04/14/2023 2:16 pm PDT
OMAHA, Neb. (TCD) -- Police have arrested four people in connection with the death of a 68-year-old man whose remains were found in a ditch.
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Captain Tommy Trotter said in a press conference that remains found this week were identified Thursday, April 13, as Gary Lew. His body was located in a rural area near Highway 33 and Southwest 128th Street, WOWT-TV reports.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Lew’s remains were "disposed of in Lancaster County sometime after his death."
Officials conducted interviews with Lew’s family, who believe he was killed a month ago in Omaha. The Sheriff’s Office turned over the investigation to the Omaha Police Department.
The Omaha Police Department arrested Christina Thornley, 37, Jacob Thornley, 37, Justin Thornley, 39, and Braden Bongers, 26, in connection with Lew’s death. Christina Thornley was charged with accessory to a felony, tampering with evidence, and concealing a body. Jacob and Justin Thornley were both charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, and concealing a body. Bongers faces a charge of second-degree murder.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office will continue to assist the Omaha Police Department with the investigation.
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