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Nebraska Campground Site of Bizarre Death Case

November 28, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A northeast Nebraska man likely was dead for months before investigators found him in a travel trailer at a northeast Nebraska camping ground, an investigator says in court documents.

And the dead man’s widow, Jeanne K. Fry, has been charged with concealing his remains, the Lincoln Journal Star reported

The body of Jack L. Fry, a 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran, was found Nov. 22 in Madison, a town of 2,500 located 60 miles northwest of Omaha, after the city’s police chief and a pair of Madison County sheriff’s investigators searched the trailer, which had been parked at the city campground for months, Investigator Jon M. Downey said.

The Frys’ son, Johann, had reported his father missing earlier in November after last speaking with him in the first half of August, the son told investigators.

“Johann would repeatedly call his father’s cellphone to speak to him; however, his mother (Jeanne) would answer and say Jack was unavailable,” Downey wrote in a probable cause affidavit for Jeanne Fry’s arrest.

Then, Jack Fry, 63, missed the funeral service for his mother, Marilyn Fry, Nov. 21 in Ewing.

Downey says that night, Madison Police Chief Ron Waterbury found Jeanne Fry sleeping in her vehicle on the campground, but she wouldn’t allow him inside the trailer.

The Frys moved into the trailer after being evicted from their Norfolk home in August, Downey said in the affidavit. The couple also had lived and owned businesses in Ewing and Neligh, according to Jack Fry’s obituary.

Waterbury got a search warrant for the trailer Tuesday. Before the chief and the investigators went inside, Downey said in the affidavit, he could see a human-shaped figure under a blanket on a bed in the trailer, and smelled rotting flesh from outside.

After the search, Downey called Jeanne Fry, then met with her at a restaurant in nearby Norfolk, where he arrested her. Madison County Judge Richard W. Krepela set her bond at 10% of $50,000.

Downey said Jack Fry likely died several months ago, possibly as early as August. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

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