Suspicious death near Kearney ruled homicide

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By News 5 Staff

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Updated: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:59:44 CST

Just hours after Todd Elsbernd's death in Grand Island, a woman was found dead outside her Buffalo County home.

Her Thursday death is now being investigated as a murder.

Authorities aren't confirming if there's any connection to Elsbernd's death Wednesday. 

The Buffalo County attorney's office says 58-year-old Nancy Petersen was shot to death; her body discovered just outside her home on Long Island Road, which is southwest of Kearney.

Authorities say the initial investigation indicates it was not a random act.

In fact, preliminary evidence suggests the victim was familiar with her assailant.