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Briefly In Public Safety: Fake abductee won’t face charges

May 17, 2010

Merced Police Department officials will not seek criminal charges against a 22-year-old Glendale woman who lied to them about being kidnapped to avoid repercussions from lying to friends and family about dropping out of UCLA more than a year ago.

Nancy Salas was discovered unharmed Thursday after walking into a carpet store in Merced, claiming that she had been abducted during a run at Chevy Chase Canyon in Glendale the day before.

Salas later admitted to Glendale police detectives that she had boarded a bus and train to Merced because she had lied to her parents about attending UCLA, officials said.

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Her parents had been planning a graduation party for her in June.

Merced Police Lt. Andre Matthews said his department would not pursue criminal charges against Salas for filing a false police report.

Her family had notified the Glendale Police Department on Wednesday that the former UCLA student had not returned from her early-morning run, setting off an exhaustive search.

The city attorney’s office is determining whether to pursue actions against the Salas family to recoup costs of the search.


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