Small Nebraska community shaken after multiple people found dead at two separate crime scenes

A community is shaken after multiple people were found dead Thursday at two separate crime scenes in a small, northeast Nebraska town.Around 3 a.m. Thursday, authorities responded to a call about an explosion at a residence in Laurel, Nebraska, and fire teams found a person dead inside the home, according to the Nebraska State Patrol. The victim at the first residence was identified as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.As investigators arrived at the scene, a second fire was reported a few blocks away, authorities said.Three people were found dead in the second residence and fire crews worked to preserve evidence while putting out the fire, the state patrol said.The three victims at the second residence were identified as 86-year-old Gene Twiford, 85-year-old Janet Twiford and 55-year-old Dana Twiford.A 42-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the four homicides early Thursday morning in Laurel, Nebraska, according to the state patrol.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 Jones 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.According to court documents, Jones was arrested on four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree arson and four counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony.The town of Laurel has fewer than 1,000 people and is located about 100 miles northwest of Omaha.Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said everyone in the town knows each other.”This is a tiny, safe community. We aren’t sure if they knew each other, but everyone knows everyone in this community,” Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said. “If people see something out of the ordinary, call the state patrol.”One man told sister station KETV that he’s completely shocked this could happen in a town like Laurel, where he said no one really locks their front doors. KETV saw people sitting outside their homes and even coming to the scenes just to see what happened. A staff member at a local church told KETV that they are very sad and that the community should keep the victims in their prayers. A Laurel resident said this kind of thing just doesn’t happen here.”You see things on TV shows and with any big event like that, you always say it’s never going to be around where you’re at. It’s a little shocking … but I’m proud of where I live,” Darren told KETV.

A community is shaken after multiple people were found dead Thursday at two separate crime scenes in a small, northeast Nebraska town.

Around 3 a.m. Thursday, authorities responded to a call about an explosion at a residence in Laurel, Nebraska, and fire teams found a person dead inside the home, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

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The victim at the first residence was identified as 53-year-old Michele Ebeling, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

As investigators arrived at the scene, a second fire was reported a few blocks away, authorities said.

Three people were found dead in the second residence and fire crews worked to preserve evidence while putting out the fire, the state patrol said.

The three victims at the second residence were identified as 86-year-old Gene Twiford, 85-year-old Janet Twiford and 55-year-old Dana Twiford.

A 42-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the four homicides early Thursday morning in Laurel, Nebraska, according to the state patrol.

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 Jones 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.

According to court documents, Jones was arrested on four counts of first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree arson and four counts of use of a firearm to commit a felony.

The town of Laurel has fewer than 1,000 people and is located about 100 miles northwest of Omaha.

Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said everyone in the town knows each other.

“This is a tiny, safe community. We aren’t sure if they knew each other, but everyone knows everyone in this community,” Cedar County Sheriff Larry Koranda said. “If people see something out of the ordinary, call the state patrol.”

One man told sister station KETV that he’s completely shocked this could happen in a town like Laurel, where he said no one really locks their front doors.

KETV saw people sitting outside their homes and even coming to the scenes just to see what happened.

A staff member at a local church told KETV that they are very sad and that the community should keep the victims in their prayers.

A Laurel resident said this kind of thing just doesn’t happen here.

“You see things on TV shows and with any big event like that, you always say it’s never going to be around where you’re at. It’s a little shocking … but I’m proud of where I live,” Darren told KETV.

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