Although the city of Duluth is seeking to recover thousands of dollars spent in search costs for runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks, four other agencies won't try to recoup ten-thousand dollars also spent looking for her.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Hall and Gwinnett counties participated in the search for the 32-year-old, who disappeared from her home at the end of last month just days before her scheduled 600-guest wedding.
While Georgia authorities looked for Wilbanks, the woman traveled to Las Vegas by bus and then to New Mexico, where she called authorities with a story about having been abducted. Under police questioning she recanted and said she fled Georgia because of unspecified personal issues.
GBI spokesman John Bankhead says the agency spent up to $9,000 on the search by providing eight agents and three intelligence analysts. The other agencies provided a total of a little more than a $1,000 in costs related to officers and deputies who scoured the area by foot, in patrol cars and on boats. The Gwinnett County police provided a helicopter to look for the bride-to-be.
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