Thursday, April 13, 2006


Girl admits to lying about abduction
The Wichita Eagle

Kelsey Stelting
Audio: Listen to the 911 call (.mp3)
Transcript: 911 call from Kelsey Stelting
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Kelsey Stelting admitted to FBI and police investigators this morning that she was not kidnapped.

The disappearance of the 16-year-old Independence High School junior rattled her hometown on Tuesday, but had prompted growing skepticism in the past two days.

Kelsey said in a cell phone call to 911 about 6:35 a.m. Tuesday that a man had forced her into a white van. She appeared unharmed 15 hours later at a residence less than a mile away from her home. She was interviewed numerous times by investigators, but they never released a description of a suspect.

Eileen Dierks, who was home when Kelsey appeared at her door Tuesday night, told The Eagle today that a police officer talked to Kelsey for about 45 minutes on her front steps before taking the girl to city hall to see her family. Kelsey, who told the Dierks that she had fought with her kidnapper in a wooded area nearby, refused an offer of water and didn't have a scratch on her, Dierks said.

The next day, Dierks said, she and other family members were interviewed by the FBI. They were asked whether Kelsey had cried. Thinking back, the girl had seemed "so scared" but Eileen Dierks didn't recall seeing any tears.

Now that the girl's ordeal has turned out to be a hoax, "As a mother, my heart breaks for her," Dierks said. "This is a girl who had all these things going for her.... How is her life going to be now?"

Bynum said Kelsey's family intended to release a statement about 4 p.m. today.

Kelsey told investigators at about 9:30 a.m. today that no one else was involved in her disappearance. She said she jogged southwest of town to place the 911 call. It was traced to that area, prompting a statewide Amber Alert that noted she was thought to be in van heading south toward Oklahoma on U.S. 75.

In reality, she spent the day alone, on foot.

The police investigation was assisted by the KBI and about two dozen federal agents.

FBI agent Jeff Lanza said that most reports of stranger abductions are true.

Making a false criminal report is a misdemeanor.

For more on this story, check for updates and read Friday's Eagle.

1 of you stopped by and said:

At 5:53 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

OMG She has issues


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