MONROE (WWJ/AP) – Monroe County prosecutors say they’ve charged an 18-year-old woman with causing a false police report to be filed after she was reported missing and found a day later.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Joseph Costello Jr. says the charge filed Thursday against Hayley Turner is a four-year felony.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Impacting Health & Well-Being Across Metro Region
Authorities say Turner claimed she was abducted, just north of Ohio in Bedford Township, and held hostage for 16 hours — but the whole thing was a lie.
Turner was reported missing around 10 p.m. on Aug. 7 after police say called her friend to say she was going to stop and check on a man laying in a ditch at Dean and Crabb roads after leaving a Family Video store. Seconds later, police said, Turner told her friend, ‘He has a gun’ and the phone was disconnected.
The following day, a local resident spotted Turner standing at a corner in Ecorse and called 911 when the teen claimed she’d jumped from a moving vehicle to escape her captor.READ MORE: Detroit Police Department To Host Drive-Up Candy Stations On Oct. 31 At All Precincts
Ecorse Detective Lt. Gregory Blade said he didn’t believe the teen from the start; and when he interviewed her, the story just didn’t add up. Ecorse police also wanted Wayne County prosecutors to charge her, but a department spokeswoman now says Monroe is handling the case.
Costello on Thursday said prosecutors were working with Turner’s lawyer Bill Godfroy for her surrender. The Associated Press left a message Thursday afternoon for Godfroy.
Police have not disclosed a possible motive for the lie and details regarding where Turner might have been that night have not been made public.Metro Detroit Woman Files Lawsuit Against Walmart, Says Discriminated Against By Managers
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