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FOUND: One panhandle resident alive, another deadTell North Platte what you think

The body of a 35-year-old woman who went missing after her vehicle became stranded in a spring snowstorm has been located and her 19-year-old son was found alive in an abandoned farmhouse.

Around 5:40 p.m. (MT), three residents on snowmobiles searching the area where Lisa Conrad was believed to be last heard from, found the body of a female in a field about a half-mile west of U.S. Highway 385 off of Johnson Road.

The body was identified as that of Lisa Conrad, 35. The searchers then traveled to an abandoned farmhouse approximately 2½ miles west of U.S. 385 on Johnson road where they found 19-year-old Brandon Conrad Jr. alive. The young man was taken by private vehicle to the Box Butte General Hospital where he is being treated for hypothermia and frostbite, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.

“This is a tragic turn of events,” said Captain Mike Gaudreault, the Troop E Commander of the Nebraska State Patrol. “The conditions in the area are brutal and the roads remain impassable. We offer our appreciation to the snowmobilers who helped in the search and extend our thoughts and prayers to the Conrad family.”

Lisa Conrad was last heard from around 12:30 a.m., Tuesday morning when she called her husband to say she had left her car that had become stranded about a mile south of Berea on U.S. 385. Conrad told her husband she was walking to meet their son Brandon, who was walking from their home in Berea to meet her.

The Nebraska State Patrol is working in conjunction with the Box Butte County Sheriff and Box Butte County Attorney as the investigation into the incident continues.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 4/10/2013
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