A Michigan teen was charged with faking her own abduction after FBI agents said her story didn’t hold up to scrutiny.
Hayley Turner, 18, allegedly told a friend that she pulled over to help someone on the side of the road, before she went missing from Bedford Township for 16 hours last month. She told her friend she was approached by an armed man before the phone disconnected, according to the sheriff’s office.
A multi-agency search involved more than 40 officers, police dogs and helicopters.
Her mother pleaded for her daughter's return at a local press conference.
"Hayley if you can hear me, please call anybody," Christy Turner said. "We just want you safely home, no questions asked."
Turner was later found 45 miles away in the Detroit suburb of Ecorse. With slashes on her thighs, she claimed she had been abducted and assault. She claimed she had jump out of her abductor's moving vehicle.
After questioning by Ecorse police, authorities decided there was no abductor, My Fox Detroit reported. An investigation of phone records, computer records and eyewitness didn’t corroborate her story. Authorities say the wounds on her legs were self-inflicted.
Turner was charged with filing a false police report, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine up to $2,000.
She pleaded not guilty to the charges in Monroe County District Court Friday.
Prosecutor William Nichols told the court that if convicted she should repay the expense of the search.
“If convicted, the court may also order the defendant to reimburse the local unit of government for expenses incurred in the emergency response, police investigation and prosecution of the defendant,” said Nichols.