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Neb. man kills self after letting abducted wife go

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 26, 2013 at 12:48 am •  Published: August 26, 2013

IMPERIAL, Neb. (AP) — A man who abducted his estranged wife from the Lincoln hair salon where she works set her free about 30 hours later, then shot and killed himself in a southwestern Nebraska cornfield, authorities said Sunday.

Officers heard a gunshot coming from the cornfield about two miles northwest of Imperial Sunday night a little more than an hour after 38-year-old Julie Hanes emerged unharmed, Nebraska State Patrol Capt. Jim Parrish said at a news conference. They found Dwayne Lawrence dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head a short time later.

Hanes was taken to Chase County Community Hospital, where Imperial police Chief Rob Browning said she told him that Lawrence planned to kill himself and that she had tried talking him out of it, The Imperial Republican reported ( ).

Lawrence abducted Hanes from the salon where she works at around noon on Saturday and took her to Imperial, a city about 260 miles west of Lincoln where Hanes' parents and some other family members live.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officers began searching an eight square-mile area west of Imperial after an Imperial police officer spotted Lawrence's gold 1998 Chrysler Concorde before dawn. Lawrence sped off, and the car was later found abandoned in the rural area outside of the city.

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