Apr 17,2007 00:00
Police recovered the remains of a toddler from a shallow grave on an abandoned farmstead in Butler County, Nebraska early Friday morning, and have the homicide suspect in custody -- the child’s 22-year old father, authorities reported.
|Lucas J. Peterson |
On Thursday, the father led investigators to the gravesite. The Nebraska State Patrol Major Case Unit was called in and a crime scene was established.
On Friday, Nebraska State Patrol assisted by the Seward and Butler County Sheriff’s Offices recovered the body of the child from a shallow grave in a grove of cedar trees, three miles south of Highway 92 off of County Road P in Butler County.
An autopsy to determine the cause of death is pending.
“We are investigating the death of little Trista as a homicide,” said Seward County Attorney Wendy Elston. “We have the father of the little girl in custody and are continuing our investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.”