Omaha police are requesting the public’s help as it investigates a 39-year-old parolee suspected in the kidnapping and killing of a 22-year-old Omaha woman.
Police are investigating whether Jeremiah Connelly is linked to other crimes.
Connelly led investigators to the body of Jeanna Wilcoxen after briefly attempting to flee during a traffic stop Friday.
Officers determined the car had been stolen. Police say Connelly volunteered that a woman had been dead since Monday during questioning.
Homicide detectives were called in. Connelly led them to Wilcoxen’s body in a ditch near Fremont.
Connelly served more than 12 years in prison for attempted kidnapping of a woman. He also had been convicted of robbery and arson and had committed second-degree assault in prison. He was paroled in June.
Police say they are in the early stages of the investigation.
They have asked assistance from anyone who might have seen or had contact with Connelly or his gray 1987 Chevrolet van in the past few days, even months.
Jeremiah Connelly has been out of prison since June 28,
2018 and is believed to have since been in the areas of Omaha, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Fremont, Columbus, and Valley.
Police describe Connelly’s vehicle as a gray or silver 1987 Chevrolet G20 van with Nebraska license plate VYX 116 (picture attached).
Authorities recovered the van the morning of Monday, September 17th after the Omaha Fire Department was called to a vehicle fire at 36th and I street.
Omaha police are checking to see if there are any open cases which could involve Connelly.
The Omaha Police Department asks anyone with any information to call the Homicide Unit at 402-444-5656.