Skip to main contentSkip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
breaking

Neighbor arrested in connection to 4 homicides in Laurel

  • Updated
  • 0

The Nebraska State Patrol arrested a suspect Friday morning in connection with four homicides that occurred in the northeast Nebraska town of Laurel Thursday.

Jason Jones, 42, was taken in to custody shortly after 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to the patrol. Jones is a Laurel resident and lived near the first victim's home. He sustained serious burns and is being treated at a St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Lincoln.

Four people died in house fires that occurred in two different homes within three blocks of each other early Thursday morning. The patrol said on Friday that each victim had suspected gunshot wounds.

The victims were identified as Michelle Ebeling, 53, was killed in the first fire at 209 Elm St. Gene Twiford, 86, Janet Twiford, 85, and Dana Twiford, 55, were all killed in the second home at 503 Elm St.

Nebraska Deaths

Law enforcement and emergency personnel block off a three-block stretch of Elm Street in Laurel, Nebraska, where two house fires occurred early Thursday. Four bodies were found in the houses. 

Just after 3 a.m. Thursday, Cedar County 911 received a phone call reporting an explosion and fire at 209 Elm St. in Laurel. Inside, Ebeling was found dead.

While crews were on the scene of the first fire, another fire was reported three blocks away at 503 Elm St. Fire crews and law enforcement found three members of the Twiford family dead in that home. 

Fire investigators think the fire at 503 Elm may have started around the same time as the explosion at 209 Elm — around 3 a.m., the patrol said.

Accelerants may have been used in both fires, said Col. John Bolduc, the superintendent of law enforcement and public safety for the patrol, during a Thursday press conference.

The patrol said that there is no danger to the public at this time. 

Nebraska Deaths

Barricades block off a portion of Elm Street in Laurel, Nebraska, where four people were found dead Thursday. Two house fires three blocks apart led to the discovery of four bodies, three in one house and one in the other.

0 Comments
0
0
0
0
0

Sign up for our Crime & Courts newsletter

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

News Alerts

Breaking News