A 38-year old woman kidnapped in Lincoln at gunpoint on Saturday, August 24, has been located unharmed and her kidnapper found deceased west of Imperial in rural Chase County.
Just before 7:30 p.m., Sunday, August 25, Julie Hanes, 38, Lincoln, walked out of a cornfield onto 331 Avenue, approximately two ½ miles northwest of Imperial in rural Chase County. Hanes, who was uninjured, was taken to the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial for observation.
Just before 9:00 p.m., the body of Dwayne Lawrence, 38, Lincoln, was located by authorities approximately 130 yards into the same cornfield. Authorities at the scene say Lawrence suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The search for Lawrence and Hanes began around 8:30 a.m., Sunday, August 25, after a local farmer called the Imperial Police Department to report he had located an abandoned 1998 Gold Chrysler matching the description of a vehicle wanted in connection with a kidnapping in Lincoln. The abandoned vehicle was on driveway at the end of an irrigated farm field.
A perimeter was established and law enforcement officers from the Nebraska State Patrol, Imperial Police Department and the Chase County Sheriff’s Office along with K-9 units and the Nebraska State Patrol Helicopter combed an eight mile area approximately two miles west of Imperial.