Body of Homicide Victim Located Outside Fairbury

Suspects Jerry W. Gilbert & Caitlyn Grable of Odessa, Texas - Image Courtesy of KOLN-TV
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Courtesy of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office News Release

On July 7th, 2019, two subjects were arrested as persons of interest in the possible homicide of an adult male at Crystal Springs Park.

They were 25-year old Jerry Gilbert and 21-year old Caitlin Grable.

Investigators interviewed the two subjects into the evening hours.

At approximately 4 am, Monday morning, Jerry Gilbert led investigators to the deceased body of an adult male.

The scene was processed and the body was recovered and transported to Douglas County Coroner’s Office for an Autopsy on Wednesday morning.

Upon a positive identification of the victim and notification of next of kin, his name will be released.

Gilbert is being held on 2nd Degree Murder, Use of a weapon to commit a felony, Felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence and Improper disposal of human remains. A bond has not been set and a first appearance is pending.

Grable is being held on Accessory to 2nd Degree Murder, Possession of Controlled Substance, Assault, Tampering with Evidence. Bond has not been set and a first appearance is pending.

The Silver Honda with Texas plates CVZ4221 has been recovered. The public is encouraged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office 402-729-2284 or the Nebraska State Patrol 402-471-4545 if they have any information on this ongoing investigation.

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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.