A gruesome discovery has led to a murder investigation in western Nebraska.
Authorities report a farmer fished a barrel from a creek near Bayard, opened it, and found a body inside.
The Morrill County Sheriff’s office reports the farmer contacted it after the grim discovery. The office says the body had no signs of trauma. The lid of the barrel had been screwed on.
An autopsy will be conducted. It appears the body had been dead for only a couple of days.