A Grand Jury for Dawson County District Court has found no criminal conduct on the part of any individual in the death of 61-year-old Joseph D. Bauer this past summer. On June 18th, law enforcement was called to an area of Highway 30 near Overton on a report of a man allegedly threatening another person with a firearm. The suspect, Bauer, was located east of Overton and led Dawson County Sheriff’s Office and Nebraska State Patrol officers on a brief, low speed pursuit as they were attempting to apprehend him. Bauer had taken his own life before law enforcement could make contact according to a previous news release. At the time of his death, Bauer was living in his vehicle and homeless.
On Wednesday, December 5th, the Grand Jury convened and according to a news release from Dawson County Attorney Liz Waterman, the Grand Jury returned a “No True Bill”. District Judge Jim Doyle presided over the Grand Jury with Waterman presenting evidence regarding the death.
Investigators from the Lexington Police Department, Kearney Police Department and Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation. The agencies are part of a coalition of law enforcement agencies known as S.C.A.L.E.S. or South Central Area Law Enforcement Services.