1. Florida teen Ankita Lavender called her dad a little after 7 p.m. on Tuesday night and told him that she had been abducted by two men in a pickup truck.
2. According to local law enforcement, after her 911 call, Lavender shut off her phone.
3. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office sent out 40 Clay County deputies and a helicopter to search for Lavender.
4. A few hours later that night, Lavender was spotted by a motorist lying on the side of the road. She was less than a mile from where she said she was abducted.
5. An amber alert had already been issued. The search cost the sheriff’s department an estimated $5,000-$6,000.
6. After being questioned by police, Lavender admitted she made it all up and was playing “the sympathy card” after a recent breakup with her boyfriend.
7. According to her now-deleted Twitter account, she was tweeting often about “disappearing.”
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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