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Nebraska State Patrol confirmed that the body found near Harvard belongs to 25-year-old Columbus woman reported missing last month

HARVARD, Nebraska – The Nebraska State Patrol has identified the remains discovered near Harvard as those of Jasmine Garnett, a 25-year-old Columbus resident. Garnett was reported missing on September 16.

Troopers suspect foul play and are investigating the incident as a homicide, but they do not feel there is a continuing threat to public safety, as they have stated.

NSP said that a worker discovered the body on Road 3195 in Clay County and notified authorities.

Video from the incident on Wednesday, October 5, when a deceased person was discovered on Road 26 east of Harvard.

Garnett’s family had asked the public for assistance in locating her. On September 16, she was reportedly last seen with Anthony Mattison.

24 September, after colliding with a Grand Island police cruiser, Mattison was recommended for prosecution. He was also arrested after a September 27 officer-involved shooting in Hastings.

Anthony Mattison, 33, of Osceola is facing six felony charges related to Hastings officer-involved shooting.(Adams County Jail/TheSarpyCounty)

What Mattison’s relationship with Garnett was is unknown.

Mattison is charged with attempted second-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault on a police officer, terroristic threats, use of a handgun to conduct a felony, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person in relation to the Hastings incident from last week. His probable cause hearing is planned for Friday in Adams County Court.

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