Run-a-Way Bride Expense

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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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