The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has been trying since July 4 to ferret out the truth behind a tip that a man had been slain in a park near Fairbury, Nebraska.
On Thursday, authorities announced that 28-year-old Marc C. Jarrell of Lincoln is the man they found dead on a county road south of Endicott, Nebraska.
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The sheriff's office said Jarrell was killed in Crystal Springs Park southwest of Fairbury on July 1 and his body was dumped about 8 miles away near Endicott.
The tip came in on the evening of July 4.
The first arrest — of a man suspected of being an accessory in Jarrell's death — occurred the next night, the crime scene was found the next day, and two more people were arrested the following day, Sunday, July 7 and two more on Monday.
Jerry W. Gilbert, 25, of Odessa, Texas, is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder and several other charges.
The four others are being held on suspicion of being accessories to second-degree murder.