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Ky. woman allegedly hoaxed K.C. cops

UPI News Service, 09/20/2005 

A woman who allegedly used her cell phone to convince Kansas City police she had been raped and dumped in a ditch could find hoaxing an expensive sport.

Prosecutors are trying to determine what charges should be filed. The woman could also face a demand for restitution of the cost to emergency agencies.

Capt. Frank Hunter of the Platte County Sheriff's Office told the Kansas City Star that the Kansas City police and fire departments joined the search. Kansas City also supplied two helicopters.

The search began when a Kansas City woman and her son went to the airport to meet an 18-year-old from Kentucky with whom he had become friendly on the Internet. When she did not show up, the young man called her cell phone, and the woman said she had been abducted, raped, stabbed and dumped in a ditch.

Police dispatchers kept in touch with the woman by cell phone during the search. That eventually made the searchers suspicious, since their batteries were going dead. They contacted Verizon, which said the calls were emanating from a cell phone tower near the woman's home in Nicholasville, Ky., where local police found her safe and sound, talking on the telephone.

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