KEARNEY, NEBRASKA: An elderly Nebraska couple who went missing two months ago were found dead in a stuck vehicle on a maintenance road, authorities said. Robert Proctor, 89, and his wife Loveda, 92, of Aurora, were reported missing Jan. 14 after they were seen driving a blue 2007 Chrysler Pacifica with Nebraska Navy license plate number 1030.
The Aurora Police Department and Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday, March 11 that Robert and Loveda were found in an area nearly 11 miles northeast of Kearney, Nebraska. Officials said their bodies were found after an unidentified citizen called about a suspicious vehicle stuck on a low-maintenance road north of 100th and Keystone Road. Deputies quickly located the vehicle and a preliminary investigation identified the bodies as the overseers, according to Newsweek.
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“They are in heaven watching over us”
The investigation is ongoing and includes the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Office, Aurora Police Department and Kearney Police Department. Although the cause of death has not been released, the sheriff’s office said there was no indication of foul play. Autopsies have been ordered by the Buffalo County District Attorney’s Office, the sheriff’s office said.
Robert and Loveda’s granddaughter, Laci Fleming, also confirmed their deaths via a devastating message shared in a Facebook group dedicated to finding the overseers. “Bob and Loveda have been found. They are in heaven watching over us. No details released at this stage. Thanks @everyone,” she wrote in the post.
In a post marking two months since his grandparents passed away, Laci described his grandfather as a proud veteran who “loves this country so much he served 21 years for us.” She also remembered her grandmother as a “beautiful and very caring soul” who “always had all the answers”.
When were Robert and Loveda last seen?
Robert and Loveda disappeared after leaving their home in Aurora on January 11 at around 4:10 p.m. and heading to Grand Island, Nebraska. Laci said they stopped at the Grand Island VA hospital after Robert said he “felt like hell.” After Robert received medical attention, Loveda was driving him home when they got lost on the way, Laci claimed. “Loveda attempted to drive them home in the dark and headed west on Faidley Avenue from St. Francis,” Fleming wrote to Crime Online.
Aurora police reported Feb. 10 that they verified the pair’s sighting on Jan. 12. According to surveillance footage, Robert and Loveda were at the Pump & Pantry on Hwy 6 in Hastings around 1 a.m. when they started moving west. It was also reported that Robert suffered from dementia and often needed blood pressure medication.