Police ask for the public's help finding murder weapon

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Updated: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:07:01 CST

Grand Island Police investigators are still searching for the weapon used in the November murder of attorney Todd Elsbernd... and they are asking for the public's help.

Investigators say they're trying to locate a center fire rifle that was used in the homicide of Elsbernd. Michael Petersen is accused of killing Elsbernd and his ex-wife Nancy Petersen. Authorities say there's a strong possibility that the rifle was dumped along a road or highway somewhere between Grand Island and Hastings. But they are not ruling out the entire Tri-City area.

Authorities have searched extensively for the weapon. They say it may be well-hidden, or someone has picked it up and has it in their possession. If you found the rifle, or know someone who has,  you're asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Grand Island Police Department.

A substantial reward is being offered for its recovery and no criminal charges will be brought at this time. Petersen faces two counts of first degree murder and use of a firearm to commit a felony. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Petersen will appear in Hall County District Court on February 18th.