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Abducted woman found alive
PONCA (AP) — The father of
a man arrested in the four-day dis
appearance of his ex-girlfriend
said Wednesday that his son led
authorities Tuesday to a wooded
area where she was found shot sev
eral times but still alive.
“He was looking for love and,
he couldn’t handle it, I guess,” said
Don Anderson of his son Brian.
Anderson didn’t elaborate on
what happened in the relationship
his son had with Laura Kucera, 19.
Anderson said he knew Kucera
had filed a protection order against
his son and that he had spoken
with his son about it.
“He confirmed to us that it was
over,” said Anderson, a farmer in
Kucera had allegedly been ab
ducted at gunpoint by Anderson
and had been missing since Satur
She was found alive Tuesday
evening lying in a wooded area
near Macy, but had been shot sev
eral times, her mother said
“We don’t know how she sur
vived other than she must be very
strong,” Mary Kucera said. “She
spent 3 1/2 days out exposed.”
Laura Kucera was clothed but
had no other protection from the
elements, Mary Kucera said. Her
daughter was in stable condition
with multiple gunshot wounds, she
Laura Kucera was found by po
lice and investigators using a he
licopter from Marion Health Cen
ter in Sioux City, Iowa, took her to
that hospital, Mary Kucera said.
Her daughter apparently was
found where she had been left, she
Members of the family were at
the hospital Wednesday morning
until 4:30 a.m., Mary Kucera said.
She said her daughter had been
slipping in and out of conscious
The next days will be difficult
for her, her husband, David, and
their seven other children, Mary
“I don’t know how we’re going
to cope,” she said. “It’s going to
be a tough haul here.”
Brian Anderson, 22, had told
authorities that he dropped Kucera
off outside a fast-food restaurant in
South Sioux City on Saturday and
then turned himself in to Dixon
He was charged in Dixon
County Court on Monday with
kidnapping, false imprisonment,
use of a firearm to commit a felony,
and operating a motor vehicle to
avoid arrest, an authority said.
Don Anderson said his son had
thrown the gun off a bridge some
Mary Kucera said her daughter
and Brian Anderson had a vola
tile relationship but it didn’t start
out that way.
Brian Anderson allegedly had
kidnapped her daughter in the past
and assaulted her before the latest
incident, Mary Kucera said.
“I can say she did have a pro
tection order against him,” Mary
Kucera said. “He threatened her
life twice before,” she said.
Under the protection order, the
family reported any contact or in
formation they had on Anderson,
but it apparently wasn’t any help,
Mary Kucera said.
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Deaths tied to religious sect
Police discovered 48 people
dead id two Swiss towns. The
victims are believed to be
members of the Cross and
Rose sect Ties to other
secret societies are befog
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This group, led by Luc Jourel,
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by fire hours before the mass
suicide; he had also rented one
of toe Swiss chalets where
bodies were found Wednesday.
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CHE1RY, Switzerland (AP) —
Twenty-one bodies made a neat circle
on the floor of a red, mirror-lined
chapel hidden beneath the burning
Ten had plastic garbage bags tied
around their necks with cords, and
some had their hands bound. Twenty
had bullets in their heads.
In three ski chalets 90 miles away,
police discovered more bodies, badly
burned by fires apparently set by re
Authorities found the 48 bodies on
Wednesday, and indications of a mass
murder-suicide by a cult they hadn’t
ernes iea 10 canaaa, wnere two
bodies were found a day earlier in the
charred wreckage of an unexplained
arson fire. Police said the owner of
the burned duplex, Luc Jouret, led
apocalyptic cults in both Canada and
Switzerland and had rented one of the
ski chalets where the bodies were
Investigators said the fires in both
countries were set off by remote-con
trolled electrical devices triggered by
a timer or a telephone call.
Authorities were not ruling out the
possibility that some of the victims
were executed, investigating judge
Andre Piller said.
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