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April 04, 2004
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Madison, Wisc. Police Defend Search in Kiddnapping Hoax

The Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Neb.)

Madison, Wisc. (AP) -- Police who spent several days and at least $70,000 investigating a false abduction report say they did the right thing because ignoring the woman's claims could have left the city at the mercy of a kidnapper.

On Friday, two days after police found the sophomore at University of Wisconsin-Madison unhurt in a marshy area, they announced that she had faked her disappearance.

More than a hundred e-mails came in to the department from people around the country, wondering how Audrey Seiler could have fooled detectives, said Larry Kamholz, a spokesman for the department.

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"We can't take the chance that there's somebody still out there loose," he said Friday. "Suspicion (of a false report) was there, but we didn't have enough to confirm that."

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