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Teen faked her own kidnapping and demanded ransom, police say

By Mike Stunson • Aug 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. — A Corbin teen staged her own kidnapping and demanded ransom money from her father, who had reported her missing the day before, according to police.

On Monday, Mark Farley reported that his 19-year-old daughter, Abbygail Farley, was missing, according to court documents. On Tuesday, the father received a text message from Abbygail Farley’s phone and a message on Facebook Messenger claiming Abbygail had been kidnapped, police said.

He then received more texts from a different number, which police later determined was Abbygail Farley pretending to be an abductor. The “abductor” demanded $400 in cash or the daughter would be killed, according to court records.

Abbygail Farley demanded her father leave the cash at a drop point, her arrest citation said. Mark Farley left the money at the location, but FBI agents and Corbin police assisted the father.

Police pinged Abbygail Farley’s phone and found she used a texting app to send the ransom notes to her father, WYMT reported. The FBI and police went to the cash drop point, where they found Abbygail Farley inside an apartment, according to her arrest citation.

She admitted to staging the kidnapping so she could get cash, her arrest citation states. Police say she may have demanded the money to satisfy a drug habit, according to WYMT.

The woman was charged with falsely reporting an incident, theft by extortion, theft by unlawful taking and disorderly conduct. She was placed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

In July, Farley pleaded guilty to public intoxication of a controlled substance, according to court records.

Police said on July 26 she called 911 claiming she was standing outside a gas station and that the same cars kept driving past her. When police arrived, she said she “had smoked a ton of marijuana” before going to the location and wasn’t sure if it was making her hallucinate, her arrest citation states.

The deputy felt she was a danger to herself and it was not safe for her to be walking the roads, court records said.


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