Man found dead in barrel had been shot, official says

BAYARD, Neb. (AP) - Western Nebraska authorities say a man whose body was found sealed inside a 55-gallon barrel was shot to death.

Morrill County Attorney Travis Rodak said Tuesday that an autopsy show the man died of a gunshot wound. The man’s identity has not been confirmed.

A farmer spotted the barrel floating along Red Willow Creek about four miles east of Bayard on Friday afternoon. He called the Morrill County Sheriff’s Office after opening the barrel and seeing the body inside.

No arrests have been reported.

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