Homicide Suspects Arrested In Fairbury Sunday Evening


Authorities in Jefferson County, Nebraska have arrested two suspects Sunday, who are being investigated in connection with a possible homicide.

According to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office press release, officers were dispatched to 1504 D Street in Fairbury. A perimeter was setup with the assistance of the Thayer County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol. A hostage negotiator used a public address system to make contact with the subjects.

At about 5:30 p.m. two people left the front of the residence and were taken into custody without incident. The suspects are identified at Caitlyn Grable, age 21, and Jerry W. Gilbert, age 25, of Odessa, Texas. Gilbert has been identified in connection to the possible homicide investigation.

On July 4th Jefferson County, Nebraska authorities were given information regarding a possible homicide that occurred on July 1st at Crystal Springs Park in Fairbury.
Shortly after midnight on July 6th a suspect vehicle was located by a Nebraska State Patrol trooper, where a 23-year-old Trey Saathoff of Diller, Nebraska was arrested on drug charges.

Evidence was recovered from both the vehicle and crime scene, but authorities have yet to find a victim in this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Jefferson County, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office at (402) 729-2284 or the Nebraska State Patrol at 1-800-525-5555.

The investigation is ongoing.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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