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Missing Bride Found

By: AP
By: AP

Police say a Georgia bride-to-be who vanished days before her wedding turned up in New Mexico, claiming at first that she had been abducted, then admitting she had gotten cold feet and "needed some time alone."

Thirty-two-year-old Jennifer Wilbanks was in police custody more than 14-hundred miles from her home on what was supposed to be her wedding day.

Duluth Police Chief Randy Belcher said Wilbanks caved under to the pressure of the wedding. Wilbanks, whose disappearance set off a nationwide hunt, called her fiance, John Mason, from a pay phone late Friday and told him that she had been kidnapped while jogging three days before, authorities said. Her family rejoiced that she was safe, telling reporters that the media coverage apparently got to the kidnappers.

But after being picked up by Albuquerque police outside a 7-Eleven and questioned for hours, she recanted.


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