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Julie Hanes and Dwayne Lawrence

IMPERIAL - Alleged kidnapping victim Julie Hanes, 38, of Lincoln walked out of a cornfield alive and uninjured Sunday evening near Imperial, but her kidnapper didn't.

Hanes came out of the filed just before 7:30 p.m. Sunday onto a road named 331 Avenue, about two-and-a-half miles northwest of Imperial. She was uninjured but was taken to the Chase County Community Hospital for observation, Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins said.

An hour and a half later, just before 9 p.m., authorities found the body of Dwayne Lawrence, 38, of Lincoln, nearly 130 yards into the same cornfield. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Collins said.

The couple had quarreled repeatedly. Hanes filed for divorce July 30. Two weeks earlier, she obtained a protection order that forbid Lawrence to contact her. Throughout the day Sunday, officials searched an eight-mile area west of Imperial after Lawrence's car was found abandoned in a driveway at the edge of a cornfield, Collins said.

The kidnapping occurred around noon Saturday in Lincoln. According to Lincoln police, 37-year-old Dwayne Lawrence walked into the Audacious Hair Salon at 27th and O, dressed in black clothing. He took his ex-wife, 38-year-old Julie Hanes, at gunpoint.

The car was seen in Imperial around 4:30 a.m. in Imperial, when a police officer on foot patrol saw a car in the west part of town, Collins said.

The car took off and a search began.

Around 8:30 a.m., a farmer in the area told the Imperial Police he found the 1998 Gold Chrysler abandoned on a driveway at the end of an irrigated farm field.

The car was identified as the one driven by Lawrence.

Collins said a "perimeter" was set up and a search began.

An NSP helicopter, along with K-9 units and officers from the Nebraska State Patrol, Imperial Police Department and Chase County Sheriff’s Office searched an eight-mile area, Collins said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/25/2013
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