Investigators said Monday that an Anderson County teen whose family had reported as missing for four days had, in fact, staged a fake kidnapping so she could spend time with her friends.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said Haley Hilton’s, 16, family reported her missing Wednesday. Hilton’s family told deputies that a group of men who had stopped in front of Hilton’s home to ask for directions pulled Hilton into a silver four-door sedan and drove off. The family members said they attempted to pull her from the car but were unsuccessful.
On Saturday night, Hilton’s grandmother told investigators that Haley had said she escaped from her captors and made her way to a nearby aunt’s house.
But Anderson County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they determined that Hilton staged her disappearance as a kidnapping to trick her family so she could spend time with friends.
Lt. Sheila Cole told WORD Radio that Hilton was under house arrest when she disappeared. “The information is that she may have just wanted to be out with her friends. Since she was under house arrest, she wasn’t able to leave the residence without informing (the Department of Juvenile Justice) about her whereabouts.”
Cole said deputies were conferring with the DJJ on the false complaint.