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December 10, 2014 

Press Release

Charges of first degree murder have been filed against John R. Leahy III, date of birth January 30, 1992 in Hitchcock County. Nebraska.  Mr. Leahy lives at 511 West D Street in Trenton, Nebraska.  This charge resulted from an investigation conducted by the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.  Austin Wright, date of birth August 25, 1995 had been reported missing on March 9, 2014 by his mother. On April 12, 2014 the body of Austin Wright was discovered in rural Hitchcock County by deputies of the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation into the death continued and resulted in a warrant being issued for the arrest of John R. Leahy III, for the charge of first degree murder. Mr. Leahy is currently in custody in Colorado and will be extradited back to Nebraska when charges in Colorado are resolved.                                                               

D. Bryan Leggott

Hitchcock County Sheriff