Jade Beneby admits faking abduction

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - At a news conference Thursday afternoon Delray Beach police announced a teen, who claimed to be abducted on her way to a school bus stop, was lying.

Jade Beneby, 17, was hospitalized Tuesday after she was found in a Hialeah motel hours after a state-wide missing child alert was issued. She was released from the hospital around 11 p.m.

Hialeah police say the Florida Department of Law Enforcement recovered Beneby at El Paraiso Motel on 1615 West Okeechobee Road.

Immediately after the incident, Jade's family said it was convinced a crime was committed. "Someone was watching her going to and from the bus stop; this wasn't just some random that happened," said Jade's godfather Felton Smith.

The Atlantic High School student disappeared on her way to a Delray Beach bus stop at Southwest 8th Avenue and Southwest 1st Street Tuesday morning.

Beneby, 17, left her home around 6:30 a.m. and told her mother via text at 7:05 a.m. that she needed help, according police.

At 7:06 a.m., Beneby texted her mother that she had been put into the trunk of a vehicle and that she did "all that she could do".

Beneby also admitted she met an adult male in Miami.

Beneby will now be placed in a juvenile defender program and must complete the program to avoid pending charges.

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