Two Grand Island men found dead in sand pit near Shelton

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BUFFALO COUNTY, Neb. - The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two Grand Island men found in a rural subdivision sand pit 2 miles south of Shelton.

The sheriff said the victims were Jaime Estuardo Perez-Carias, 26, and Rodrigo Ramos-Tino, 37.

At approximately 9:18 p.m. Thursday, deputies were called to the area of 5 Catfish Cove Place Shelton in regard to a check welfare call. An employer of a construction company was having difficulty locating a man working on a residential construction site near a sand pit.

It was determined that two co-workers, were unaccounted for and had not been seen or heard from since early morning on this date.

Information suggested the men may had intended to fish at a sand pit near their work site prior to starting their work day. Over a 3 hour period, air, ground and water searches of the area were conducted. The two men were discovered dead in the sand pit located behind the construction site.

While circumstances leading up to the deaths are not immediately clear, preliminary investigation indicates no evidence of foul play. The Buffalo County Attorney’s Office has ordered an autopsy.

Agencies assisting deputies at the scene included volunteer fire departments from Shelton, Gibbon, Kearney and the Buffalo County Attorney’s Office. CHI-GSH AirCare and the KVFD dive team also assisted as did several local residents.