A western Nebraska woman who abandoned her vehicle during the snowstorm has been found dead in a field off Highway 385. Her son, who left their home looking for her, has been found alive.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports three area residents on snowmobiles searching for 37-year-old Lisa Conrad of Berea found her body in a field about a half mile west of Highway 385 off of Johnson Road at about 5:40pm (MDT). The three found 19-year-old Brandon Conrad, Jr. in an abandoned farmhouse approximately 2 ½ miles west of Highway 385 on Johnson Road. Conrad was taken to the Box Butte General Hospital where he is being treated for hypothermia and frostbite.
“This is a tragic turn of events,” said Captain Mike Gaudreault, Troop E Commander, in a written statement released by the patrol. “The conditions in the area are brutal and the roads remain impassable. We offer our appreciation to the snowmobiler’s who helped in the search and extend our thoughts and prayers to the Conrad family.”
Lisa Conrad’s husband last heard from her around 12:30 a.m., on Tuesday when she called to say she had left her car after it became stranded about a mile south of Berea on Highway 385. The patrol says Conrad had 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 investigating the incident along with the Box Butte County Sheriff and Box Butte County Attorney.