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Cash-strapped Ecorse police want reimbursement after search for 18-year-old

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ECORSE, Mich. (WJBK) - Authorities are closing an investigation of an 18-year-old's claim she was abducted along a road and held hostage for 16 hours. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department and Ecorse police say the alleged abduction of Hayley Turner did not happen.

Hayley was on the phone with a friend Thursday night while she was out renting a movie. Hayley told her friend she saw a man lying in a ditch and that she was going to check on him. Hayley told her friend "he has a gun" and the phone was disconnected.

More than 40 officers from several police agencies spent hours looking for the teen. Her mother even appeared on camera with a desperate plea for her daughter to return home.

Hayley was found in Ecorse Friday afternoon after a resident spotted her standing at a corner.

Ecorse officials held a press conference Monday morning, saying the whole truth will eventually come out. Ecorse Police Lt. Gregory Blade, the detective who questioned Hayley, said Hayley became confused about what happened, and Blade says he doesn't think one should become confused if you are telling the truth.

From scrapes on her body, to not being able to pinpoint exactly where she was being held captive or even being able to give a description of her so-called kidnappers, investigators in Ecorse say the red flags kept coming.

VIDEO: Click on the video in the video player above to watch the raw footage of the press conference from Fox 2's YouTube page

Police had said Hayley jumped from a moving car and determined that to also be false. Blade said they were unable to determine what type of vehicle Hayley allegedly jumped from during questioning.

Ecorse authorities say "quite a bit" of manpower was extended searching for Hayley. They will have a dollar amount soon, but say the number could possibly be in the thousands.

"My frustration level was very high because we are a cash-strapped city," says Ecorse Police Chief Mike Moore. "We can't really afford to spend any dollars unnecessarily and this cost us quite a bit of money to undertake this investigation."

Ecorse authorities say they are talking with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and expect to know within a week if charges will be filed. They say one could be charged with a felony for filing a false report.

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