BEAVER CROSSING, Neb. -- The body of a male found along the bank of the Big Blue River in Seward County has been identified.
Nebraska State Patrol says the body is that of Hai Sinh Nguyen, 34, of Lincoln.
Nguyen was initially identified through fingerprints, but a photo of a tattoo and a description of the body shared with the public on Friday also resulted in information that helped NSP identify the body.
Nguyen's body was discovered Wednesday, June 25, on the bank of the Big Blue River, just south of Beaver Crossing in Seward County.
Investigators say around 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, a passerby called 911 after spotting what appeared to be a body, south of the bridge off of 406 Road. A Seward County Deputy responded to the scene, confirmed the information, and requested the assistance of the Nebraska State Patrol.
An autopsy ordered by the Seward County Attorney was conducted Thursday afternoon, June 26. Results of the autopsy are not being released as the investigation into the man’s death continues.
“The autopsy revealed he did not die of natural causes and his death is being investigated as a homicide,” said Nebraska State Patrol Investigative Services Lieutenant Bob Frank.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is encouraged to call the Nebraska State Patrol at (402) 479-4921 or the Statewide Crime Stoppers at 1-800-422-1494.
One man, who lives nearby where the body was found, said he didn't understand why there were so many sheriff cars outside his property Wednesday afternoon.
"The sheriff's car there and I kinda wanted to know what the deal was," Tony Terrones said.
"I thought maybe somebody's gone off the bridge. I didn't know what was going on."
Terrones said this is especially surprising as the community still recovers from the tornado that hit in May.
"We didn't lose no lives here a couple of weeks ago, May 11th," Terrones said.
"Here we got to hear about somebody's life is gone."