Woman arrested for faking her abduction

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A Leland woman has been arrested for fabricating her own abduction.

According to Leland Police, Ashley Hutchins, 27, of 127 Basin St., Leland, has been charged with extortion and cyber stalking. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $250,000 secured bond.

Police say the abduction was reported Saturday, June 2, saying Hutchins was being held for an undisclosed ransom.

Hutchins was found the following day in Winnabow.

After a joint investigation between the Leland Police Department, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, police arrested her.