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'Missing' Glendale woman won't face charges

Nancy Salas, 22, who disappeared from Glendale and set off an intense search, admitted to police that she made up the story about being kidnapped at knifepoint.

May 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Glendale police have decided not to file criminal charges against a woman who vanished and later claimed she'd been kidnapped.Nancy Salas, 22, was reunited with family Thursday night. The young woman disappeared early Wednesday after telling her family she was going on a jog in Chevy Chase Canyon, setting off an intense 30-hour search.

When she was found Thursday afternoon in Merced, she told police she'd been abducted at knifepoint.

However, as Glendale police brought her home, she admitted the story was a hoax and told detectives she took a bus and train to Central California.

Police say Salas faked the kidnapping to avoid telling her parents that she had dropped out of UCLA two years ago.

It's now up to the city attorney to decide whether to file a civil claim against Salas for the cost of the search.


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