The body of a 35-year-old Berea resident reported missing after her vehicle became stranded during a spring snowstorm pounding the Nebraska panhandle has been located and her 19-year-old son has been found alive in an abandoned farmhouse in Box Butte County.
Around 5:40 p.m., three area residents on snowmobiles searching the area where Lisa Conrad was believed to be last heard from, discovered the body of a female in a field about a half mile west of Highway 385 off of Johnson Road.
The body was identified as that of Lisa Conrad, 35, Berea. The snowmobiler’s then traveled to an abandoned farmhouse approximately 2 and a half miles west of Highway 385 on Johnson road where they found 19-year-old Brandon Conrad Jr. alive.
The young man was transported by private vehicle 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. “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 was last heard from around 12:30 a.m., Tuesday when she called her husband to say she had left her car which had become stranded about a mile south of Berea on Highway 385.
Conrad 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 working in conjunction with the Box Butte County Sheriff and Box Butte County Attorney as the investigation into the incident continues.