Nebraska woman OK, accused kidnapper dead

IMPERIAL, Neb. - Nebraska State Police say a man who abducted his estranged wife from the Lincoln hair salon where she works has killed himself.

The Imperial Republican has reported that state police say searchers found 37-year-old Dwayne Lawrence's body in a cornfield outside of Imperial on Sunday night.

His estranged wife, 38-year-old Julie Hanes, emerged from a field in the area earlier in the evening and appeared unharmed. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

Police say Lawrence abducted Hanes from the salon where she works at around noon Saturday. Her parents and some other family members live in Imperial, which is 260 miles west of Lincoln near the Colorado and Kansas state lines. Authorities believed the two might have been traveling to the Denver area.

Court records show that Hanes filed for divorce July 30, which was about two weeks after she got a protection order against Lawrence. She told a judge that Lawrence had threatened her several times, and he faced several charges related to a July 8 incident.

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

Lawrence already had been charged with false imprisonment, making threats and using a weapon to commit crimes. When he posted $25,000 bail July 16, he was ordered to stay away from Hanes and any firearms.

Law enforcement in Colorado had been asked earlier to be on the lookout for the pair after it was learned Lawrence might head to Denver.