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Woman with Gunshot Wound Survives Four Days in Ditch

October 7, 1994

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A woman who was shot and left for dead survived four days in a ditch before police rescued her with the help of the man who allegedly pulled the trigger, her ex-boyfriend.

Laura Kucera, 19, of Wakefield was in critical condition Thursday night with a gunshot wound in her back. She was found unconscious Tuesday night in a remote wooded area in northeast Nebraska.

″We don’t know how she survived other than she must be very strong,″ said her mother, Mary Kucera.

Her ex-boyfriend Brian Anderson, 22, of Concord was charged with kidnapping and using a firearm to commit a felony. He was being held on a $250,000 bond.

Anderson had a history of stalking and harassing Miss Kucera, police records show. She had obtained a protection order against him on Aug. 15. The couple had dated for several months.

Miss Kucera disappeared Saturday night. Anderson had told authorities that he dropped her off outside a restaurant.

Four days later, he had second thoughts and led police to a ditch near Macy, about 75 miles north of Omaha.

″He was looking for love and ... he couldn’t handle it, I guess,″ Anderson’s father, Don, said. ″It’s just devastating to us, that something like this could happen.″

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