Abducted Lincoln woman found safe

Julie Hanes

A Lincoln woman’s two-day kidnapping ordeal at the hands of her estranged husband ended at 7:17 p.m. Sunday, when she walked out of a cornfield west of Imperial, Neb., apparently unharmed, authorities said.

Just before 9 p.m., law enforcement officials found her husband dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, about 130 yards into the same cornfield, the Nebraska State Patrol said.

Julie Hanes, 38, was taken to the Chase County Community Hospital in Imperial for observation, the patrol said.

Her husband, Dwayne Lawrence, 38, abducted Hanes at gunpoint about noon Saturday from the Lincoln hair salon where she worked.

An Imperial police officer spotted Lawrence’s gold 1998 Chrysler Concorde before dawn Sunday, but it sped off and was later found abandoned outside the city. A motorist reported having seen the couple walking along a road in the area.

Authorities searched an eight-square-mile area west of Imperial, where they believed that the two were on foot.

Hanes’ parents and several other family members live in Imperial, which is not far from Nebraska’s borders with Colorado and Kansas.

Court records outlined a violent split between Lawrence and Hanes:

Hanes filed for divorce on July30, about two weeks after she got a protection order against Lawrence. She told a judge that Lawrence had threatened her several times.

He was facing several charges related to a July 8 incident in which, Hanes told police, Lawrence fired a gunshot into their bedroom wall and threatened to kill himself in front of her, in the hope that she would take her own life.

Hanes said that to get her husband to lower the gun that night, she told him that she would stay with him. They had been married since 2001.

Lawrence was charged with false imprisonment, making threats and using a weapon in a crime in that incident. When he posted $25,000 — 10 percent of his bail — on July 16 to secure his release, he was ordered to stay away from Hanes and away from firearms.

This report includes material from the Associated Press.

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