Lancaster County homicide investigation leads to four arrests in Omaha

The body of a 68-year-old Omaha man was found in a ditch earlier this week.
Omaha Police arrested four people in connection with the homicide of an Omaha man whose body was found in a Lancaster County ditch.
Published: Apr. 14, 2023 at 10:12 AM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police have made four arrests in connection with an Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a body that was found in a ditch northeast of Crete earlier this week.

LSO identified the body as 68-year-old Gary T. Lew of Omaha.

The OPD Homicide Unit subsequently arrested Braden Bongers, 26, and Jacob Thornley, 37, and Justin Thornley, 39, to face second-degree murder charges, with the Thornleys also facing charges of tampering with evidence and concealing a body. Christina Thornley, 37, is facing the same tampering and concealing charges as well as accessory to a felony.

From left: Braden Bongers, Christina Thornley, Jacob Thornley, and Justin Thornley
From left: Braden Bongers, Christina Thornley, Jacob Thornley, and Justin Thornley(Omaha Police Department)

Lew’s body was found Tuesday in a ditch just south of Highway 33 and southwest 128th Street in rural Lancaster County. LSO Capt. Tommy Trotter said that investigators determined that Lew died in Omaha a month earlier.

OPD has taken over the ongoing investigation, with LSO continuing to assist as needed, Trotter said.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for more details as they become available.

10/11 Now contributed to this report.