Delray Beach Teen Lied About Abduction: Cops

The Delray Beach teen was found in a Hialeah motel

By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel
|  Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 7:22 AM EDT
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Delray Beach Teen Found Safe in Hialeah

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Jade Beneby

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Jade Beneby, 17, was found at the El Paraiso Motel at 1615 West Okeechobee Road, police said. She had left her home around 6:30 a.m. and was walking to the bus stop four blocks away at Southwest 8th Avenue and Southwest 1st Street when she may have been abducted, Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said.

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Delray Beach Police say they have a suspect in connection to the case of a teenage girl who went missing on her way to a school bus stop. Jade Beneby, 17, was found at the El Paraiso Motel at 1615 West Okeechobee Road on Tuesday. Beneby and the suspect knew each other somehow, Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero said.
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Authorities say a Delray Beach teen made up the story that she was abducted and instead went to see a man she met on the Internet, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Jade Beneby, 17, confessed to authorities that she had made up the story when she texted her mother on Tuesday morning, police said. She had sent two messages to her mother, one saying she needed help, and another that she was being held in the trunk of a car. The girl confessed she was faced with the inconsistencies in her story, authorities said.

"There was no abduction," the newspaper quoted Delray Beach Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Guerriero as saying.

Beneby, who was found in a Hialeah motel, had met the man on the Internet the night before she left to meet him in Miami, Guerriero said.

Guerriero said Beneby made up the story because she was scared she would get into trouble for ditching school to be with the man.

"We believe it was fear because she hadn't gone to school, and there was some fear involved as far as her maybe getting into trouble when she got home," Guerriero was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Beneby will perform community service so that she can avoid facing a perjury charge. She will also go to a juvenile treatment program.

Guerriero said Beneby probably didn't realize the effect her story would have, which sparked a massive search across South Florida for the teen.

The man, who was not identified, will not be charged as he wasn't a participant in the story, authorities said.

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