Kidnap Hoax-er Pleads Not Guilty, Wants to Put Ordeal 'behind her'
Nancy Salas did not appear before Merced County Superior Court Judge Marc Garcia on Thursday, but rather sent attorney Jeffrey Tenenbaum in her place to file her plea of not guilty on a misdemeanor charge, according to LA Now.22-year-old Salas is accused of filing a false police report as part of her scheme to fake her own abduction in April. Salas led her family and friends to believe the Glendale resident had gone missing during her routine morning jog, and a large-scale search effort was launched by the Glendale PD to help locate her.
Salas had actually gone to Merced on her own, and the next day told authorities she'd been kidnapped. She admitted she concocted the hoax to avoid telling her parents she'd dropped out of UCLA two years prior, and was not graduating as they thought.
Says Tenenbaum of his client: "Nancy is at her home in Glendale. She is doing well. She just wants to put this behind her." In court Thursday, Judge Garcia asked that "the Merced County Probation Department to determine restitution costs associated with the investigation." He also ordered Salas to appear in person at the next hearing in her case, scheduled for August 13.
Authorities in Glendale opted not to file criminal charges against Salas, since her family believed she was missing and acted in good faith in asking the police to help them find the woman.