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.

A false lead threw them off briefly, but they quickly began arresting suspects, then found a body, and now have an identity.

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.

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Nancy Gaarder helps cover public safety and weather events as an editor on The World-Herald's breaking news desk. Follow her on Twitter @gaarder. Phone: 402-444-1102.

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