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Credit: Lincoln (Neb.) Police Department

Credit: Lincoln (Neb.) Police Department

DENVER —  A woman allegedly abducted by her estranged husband was found safe Sunday evening, police said.

Julie Hanes, 38, walked out of a cornfield near Imperial, Neb., about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Nebraska State Patrol reported. Hanes was uninjured, but her husband was found dead nearby of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

At least two witnesses reported seeing Hanes’ husband Dwayne Lawrence, 37, approach her at the Lincoln, Neb., salon where she works and force her into a car at gunpoint on Saturday. The pair were gone before police arrived.

Lincoln police initially reported that Lawrence might have taken Hanes to Denver.

Hanes was granted a restraining order against her husband in July, and has since filed for divorce, court records show.

The search for Lawrence and Hanes began around 8:30 a.m. Sunday after a local farmer called the Imperial Police Department to report he had seen a 1998 gold Chrysler matching the description of a vehicle connected to the kidnapping. The abandoned vehicle was on a driveway at the end of an irrigated farm field, according to a CSP report.

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