Monroe County teen arraigned on false abduction claim

Steve Pardo
The Detroit News

A Monroe County teen who police say lied to authorities about being abducted was arraigned Friday on a felony charge of filing a false report.

Haley Turner, 18, faces up to four years in prison if convicted of the charge.

Monroe County Prosecutor William Paul Nichols said just after 10 p.m. Aug. 7, Turner was driving in Bedford Township and talking to a friend on a cellphone. She indicated she saw a man laying in a ditch.

Monroe County Magistrate John Luchansky released Turner on a $10,000 personal bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25 and a preliminary examination is scheduled for Sept. 30 in front of 1st District Court Judge Jack Vitale.

“Ms. Turner almost immediately advised her friend that the man had a gun and the phone call then disconnected. Ms. Turner’s unoccupied vehicle was located a short time later at the scene,” Nichols said in a statement Friday.

A number of law enforcment agencies led by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department conducted an intensive search for Turner. The next day, Turner was seen in Ecorse, standing on a corner, partially clothed and holding a puppy, Nichols said.

Turner had cuts that police believe she inflicted herself.

“After interviewing numerous witnesses, searching various cellular phone records and computer records and interviewing Ms. Turner, it was determined that no abduction had occurred,” Nichols said.

If convicted, Haley also faces a fine of up to $2,000 and the court could order her to reimburse authorities for the expenses incurred in the emergency response, investigation and her own prosecution.

She could face additional charges in Wayne County, said Michael Moore, Ecorse Public Safety director.