MONROE, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A young Michigan woman admits she faked her own kidnapping and even put an ad on Craigslist to find an abductor.
Hayley Turner, 18, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of causing a false police report to be filed.READ MORE: The Detroit Zoo To Host Its Final Weekend Of Family-Friendly Halloween Event 'Zoo Boo' Oct. 22-24
Turner claimed she was abducted Aug. 7, just north of Ohio in Bedford Township, and held hostage for 16 hours — but the whole thing was a lie.
Turner was reported missing that night 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, near Detroit, holding as puppy. The Good Samaritan called 911 when the teen claimed she’d jumped from a moving vehicle to escape her captor.
Police, however, did not believe Turner’s story.
She later confessed she’d concocted the phony kidnapping, telling a Monroe County judge that she posted a Craigslist notice stating that she was an 18-year-old “looking to be abducted” and “taken away.” It was not revealed in court what her motives were, but other Craigslist posts indicated that she wanted the attention and that “it would be fun.”READ MORE: Tillson Street's Halloween Displays Draws Thousands
A police investigation revealed that a man did respond to the ad, but Monroe County Prosecutor William Paul Nichols said that he had not been identified.
The charge against Turner is felony that could carry up to four years in prison; but, under a plea deal, she will likely be sentenced to probation.
As a first time offender under 21, her felony could be expunged from her record if the judge qualifies here for the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act; but , according to the Monroe News, the plea deal stipulates Turner must pay $15,000 to the sheriff’s office for the search.
She will be back in court for sentencing on Nov. 20.Kalamazoo Tests For Lead Exposure Following High-Lead Level Reports In Other Michigan Cities
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