Update: Suspected Kidnapper Dead, Victim Safe

By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email
By: WOWT, The Associated Press Email
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Posted August 25, 2013


The Nebraska State Patrol reported Sunday evening that 38-year old Julie Hanes, the victim of a kidnapping, has been found safe in Western Nebraska.

Hanes was taken at gunpoint Saturday by her estranged husband, 37-year old Dwayne Lawrence. According to the Nebraska State Patrol, Lawrence was found dead, a suspected suicide.

Investigators found the two in a cornfield just outside of Imperial, Nebraska.

The State Patrol says Hanes was uninjured. She was taken to a local hospital for observation overnight.



Posted August 25, 2013 at 10:58am


Nebraska State Patrol SWAT teams on the ground aided by a helicopter centered their search for a man who abducted his estranged wife in Lincoln Saturday to an area northwest of Imperial after someone spotted the car they were last seen in on a county road Sunday morning.

Thirty-seven-year-old Dwayne Lawrence, dressed all in black and carrying a black backpack, walked into the Audacious Hair Salon & Massage at 27th and O streets around noon Saturday and took employee, 38-year-old Julie Hanes, at gunpoint.

He's 6-foot-1 weighing 195 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. She is 5-foot-5 weighing 185 pounds with blond hair that has multi-color highlights and green eyes. Hanes was last seen wearing a peach tank top and blue shorts.

Court records show that Hanes filed for divorce on July 30th about two weeks after getting a protection order against Lawrence. She told a judge that Lawrence had threatened her several times.

Police believed they might be headed west toward Imperial, North Platte or Denver in a gold 1998 Chrysler Concorde with license plate TKA 048. Lawrence is considered armed and dangerous so if you see him do not approach and call 911.


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