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October 10, 2012
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Kidnapping call could have been a scam

The Churchill County Sheriff's Office investigated an alleged kidnapping of a Fallon woman that may have occurred a week ago, said Sheriff Ben Trotter.

According to Trotter, a 20-year-old man notified law enforcement agencies at about 2:30 p.m. of an alleged kidnapping of a woman with whom he had texted and talked but never met in person.

"Supposedly, she lived in a house behind the hospital," Trotter said.

The man said he had received a call at about 1 p.m. from the female, age unknown, saying she was with six other women in a van heading toward Las Vegas. The man said the woman did not know the make or color of the van.

Trotter said he was told the woman is "supposedly a flunked-out porn star who moved to Fallon."

Trotter said Monday CCSO investigators said the reporting male "negotiated her release."

"We still have no proof the female even exists and FBI indicated we covered all the bases on this case." Trotter said. " We think the male was being scammed and then the scammers gave up. Weird case."

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 10, 2012 10:40AM Published Oct 10, 2012 10:38AM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.