Two Grand Island men found dead in central Nebraska sand pit

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BUFFALO COUNTY, Neb. -- Authorities in central Nebraska are trying to determine what led to the deaths of two Grand Island men whose bodies were found in a sand pit two miles south of Shelton.

The Buffalo County Sheriff's Department was contacted Thursday morning when a construction company couldn't locate a man who had been working at a residential construction site near the sand pit.

Investigators eventually determined that two co-workers, ages 26 and 37, both of Grand Island, were unaccounted for. They had reportedly planned to fish at the sand pit before work on Thursday and a subsequent three-hour search eventually led to their bodies.

Based on the preliminary investigation there does not appear to be evidence of foul play. Autopsies have been ordered.