Two bodies have been discovered in a burned pickup in northeastern Nebraska and authorities now suspect the two might be victims of a murder-suicide.
Deputies from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office responded Monday afternoon to a report of a car fire. They came upon a pickup engulfed in flames in a field about nine miles west and a mile north of Pierce. Firefighters from the Pierce Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the fire and discovered the remains of two people in the cab.
Nebraska State Patrol and the State Fire Marshal’s Office were called in to investigate.
Autopsies have been scheduled. Names are being withheld until they have been completed. Identities might not be released before the end of the week.
“We have made preliminary identification of the two bodies,” said Investigative Service Lt. Dan Wilson, Troop B-Norfolk, in a written statement released by the NSP. “Our investigation at this point is consistent with a murder-suicide.”
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.