LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Lincoln police are still working to identify a man they believe is the victim of a homicide – the second this week in the capital.
Lincoln police did not discover the man’s body until after the body of Ronald George, Jr., 61, was found near the People’s City Mission early Wednesday morning. However, police believe the unidentified man was killed before George.
Police took William Wright, 55, into custody Wednesday night for questioning about George, and arrested him for second-degree murder and use of a weapon in the commission of a felony.
After questioning Wright, officers discovered the body of another man near a northwest Lincoln motel early Thursday morning. LPD Deputy Chief Jason Stille said the condition of the body was “not conducive to identification”. However, they believe he is the victim of a homicide. Police say Wright had been with the man before he was killed, but it’s unclear if Wright was responsible for his death. An autopsy was performed Thursday afternoon and pathologist tests are pending.
Police released a timeline of events after interviewing more than a dozen possible witnesses, developing three persons of interest and collecting evidence at multiple crime scenes.
- Monday between 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. unidentified man killed
- Tuesday 10 p.m. – Wednesday 2 a.m. Ronald George, Jr. killed
- 2 a.m. Wednesday, body of Ronald George, Jr. found near 3rd & P streets
- Wednesday 9 p.m. William Wright taken into custody and arrested for the second degree murder of Ronald George, Jr.
- Early Thursday morning the body of an unidentified man was found near NW 12th Street and West Bond
“Our investigative teams worked tirelessly for 72 hours with little to no sleep,” Lincoln Police Chief Teresa Ewins said. “I want to thank them for their continued effort and dedication which led to Mr. Wright’s arrest within 72 hours of the initial police response.”
Chief Ewins stressed that there was no ongoing threat to public safety and that the homicide and suspicious death and everyone involved had already had an interaction before the incidents occurred.
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