LANCASTER – A girl who claimed she had been kidnapped and held against her will actually made up the story after she ran away from home, authorities said Tuesday.
“Lancaster Sheriff Station received a call at approximately [4:45 a.m.] stating a female Hispanic juvenile sent a group text to her family and friends claiming she had been kidnapped and was being held against her will,” stated Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “She was in a bathroom at an unknown location in the city of Lancaster.”
Deputies tried to “ping” the girl’s cellphone but they were unable to locate her, according to Stamsek.
Hours later, the girl used her phone to text family members. This time, detectives were able to locate a general area of the phone’s location, Stamsek said.
“Lancaster Sheriff’s detectives, with assisting units, door knocked a residence in the vicinity of 15th Street East and Avenue J-8 and were able to locate the female Hispanic juvenile,” Stamsek said.
“The female Hispanic juvenile admitted to lying to her friends and family regarding the kidnapping and being held against her will,” Stamsek said. “She told Sheriff’s detectives she had willingly ran away from her residence.”
The girl was transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation, according to Stamsek.