UPDATE: Bodies Found in Burned-out Pickup

(Pierce, Neb.)- Autopsies are scheduled on the remains of two bodies found in a burned-out pickup in a Pierce County Field.

Just after 3:00 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 21, Pierce County authorities responded to a call of a vehicle on fire in a field nine miles west and one mile north of Pierce. Upon their arrival emergency crews found a 1991 GMC pickup fully engulfed in flames. After knocking down the fire, authorities discovered two bodies in the cab of the pickup.

“We have made preliminary identification of the two bodies,” said Investigative Service Lt. Dan Wilson, Troop B-Norfolk. “Our investigation at this point is consistent with a murder-suicide.”

The names of the deceased who are believed to be from Northeast Nebraska will not be released until the autopsies are completed.

Lt. Wilson said, “At this point, we do not anticipate release of names or additional information before the end of the week”.

The Nebraska State Patrol is being assisted in the investigation by the State Fire Marshal, the Pierce County Attorney and Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.