Charges filed against Nancy Salas

Glendale News Press

The former UCLA student who police said faked her own kidnapping has been hit with a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report.

Merced County prosecutors filed the charge Friday, according to KTLA-News.

Salas — a 2005 Glendale High School graduate — was reported missing May 12 after failing to return from a morning jog.

Her disappearance was treated as suspicious after police discovered she had left her keys, phone and car at her house.

The search took a turn when police discovered that Salas had apparently convinced her parents she was graduating from UCLA this year. UCLA records show she has not been enrolled since Fall 2008.

Nearly two days after Salas was reported missing, she entered a downtown Merced carpet store and called 911, reporting herself the victim of an abduction.

Salas later recanted the story to Glendale police, admitting she had fled to the central California city fearing repercussions from lying to her friends and family about dropping out of UCLA more than a year ago.

While Merced police officials initially said she wouldn't face criminal charges for filing a false report, Merced Lt. Andrew Matthews said last week that his department would forward a report to the Merced County district attorney's office to determine whether any charges should be filed.

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