Four dead, one arrested: Here’s what we know about the homicides in Laurel, Nebraska

Four people were found dead early Thursday morning at two separate homes in a northeast Nebraska town.A 42-year-old suspect, who was a neighbor of the victims, was taken into custody in Laurel, Nebraska, and is being treated at a Lincoln hospital for severe burns. The motive for the homicides is unknown at this time.Here’s everything we’ve learned so far about what happened. The incidentsAround 3 a.m. Thursday, the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an explosion at a residence in Laurel. Fire teams found a person dead inside the home, located in the 500 block of Elm Street.Around the same time, another fire was reported at a residence in the 200 block of Elm Street.Three people were found dead at the second residence.The Nebraska State Patrol also believes gunfire played a role in the deaths and fire investigators believe that accelerants may have been used in each of the fires, according to authorities.The suspectCrime scene investigators found evidence that linked Jason Jones, a Laurel resident, to the homicides. After attempts for Jones to exit the home voluntarily, the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT Team entered the home and found the 42-year-old with severe burn injuries, according to law enforcement. NSP said he was airlifted to a Lincoln hospital and is in serious condition as of Friday morning. No motive is known at this time.The victimsThe victim at the first residence, located in the 500 block of Elm Street, was identified as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.The three victims at the second residence, located in the 200 block of Elm Street, were identified as 86-year-old Gene Twiford, 85-year-old Janet Twiford and 55-year-old Dana Twiford.

Four people were found dead early Thursday morning at two separate homes in a northeast Nebraska town.

A 42-year-old suspect, who was a neighbor of the victims, was taken into custody in Laurel, Nebraska, and is being treated at a Lincoln hospital for severe burns. The motive for the homicides is unknown at this time.

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Here’s everything we’ve learned so far about what happened.

The incidents

Around 3 a.m. Thursday, the Cedar County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an explosion at a residence in Laurel. Fire teams found a person dead inside the home, located in the 500 block of Elm Street.

Around the same time, another fire was reported at a residence in the 200 block of Elm Street.

Three people were found dead at the second residence.

The Nebraska State Patrol also believes gunfire played a role in the deaths and fire investigators believe that accelerants may have been used in each of the fires, according to authorities.

The suspect

Crime scene investigators found evidence that linked Jason Jones, a Laurel resident, to the homicides.

After attempts for Jones to exit the home voluntarily, the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT Team entered the home and found the 42-year-old with severe burn injuries, according to law enforcement.

NSP said he was airlifted to a Lincoln hospital and is in serious condition as of Friday morning.

No motive is known at this time.

The victims

The victim at the first residence, located in the 500 block of Elm Street, was identified as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

The three victims at the second residence, located in the 200 block of Elm Street, were identified as 86-year-old Gene Twiford, 85-year-old Janet Twiford and 55-year-old Dana Twiford.

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