GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Police are asking for the public's help in locating the center-fire rifle that was used to kill local attorney Todd Elsbernd.
Elsbernd was shot and killed on Nov. 13, 2013, in downtown Grand Island.
Michael L. Petersen, 58, of Glenvil has been charged with first-degree murder and using a rifle to kill Elsbernd.
Petersen is also charged in Buffalo County with first-degree murder and using a rifle to commit a felony in the Nov. 13, 2013, shooting death of his ex-wife, Nancy Petersen, who was found dead outside her rural home.
Both Elsbernd and Nancy Petersen were shot in the back with a high-velocity rifle.
Grand Island police Capt. Kerry Mehlin said the investigation has revealed “the strong possibility that the rifle was discarded along a road or highway somewhere between Grand Island and Hastings,” but the entire area around Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney hasn't been ruled out.
Anyone who finds a rifle or knows of someone who has found one in the area is asked to call the Grand Island Police Department at 308-385-5400.