Girl admits she faked her kidnapping
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
FLORENCE, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A 15-year-old girl who deputies thought had been kidnapped admitted to detectives that she made the whole thing up.
Tim Gaffney with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office tells KGUN9 that Samantha White told detectives she made up the entire incident because she was upset after getting into a fight with her boyfriend the night before.
Deputies responded to the 35000 block of North Richardson Drive in San Tan Valley on October 23 regarding a reported kidnapping.
The Aunt of White who lives in her house told detectives that she had gone for a walk that morning and when she returned, White's school books were scattered along the front walkway.
On top of the books was a note that read, "You will get her back when she gets what she deserves."
The Sheriff's Office immediately began a kidnapping investigation and had more than 120 people assisting with the search and investigation, including the U.S. Marshals Office and the FBI.
White's description and picture were sent out to all Arizona news entities requesting help locating her.
Later that afternoon, a citizen driving in a neighborhood near her home saw someone who matched White's description after seeing her picture on the news.
Deputies responded and confirmed that it was White. She was taken into a command post where she was checked for injuries.
After she was cleared medically, she was taken to another location to be interviewed by detectives.
Her description of the events were contrary to the evidence. She later admitted that she made up the stories she told investigators.
The case will be reviewed for criminal charges.