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Teen could face multiple charges for fabricating kidnapping story

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Canton Police Department:

CANTON (KYTX) - On Tuesday at about 4:20 p.m., officers of the Canton Police Department assisted in responding to a reported 2 vehicle rollover collision on FM 2909 just east of SH 19, just outside the City of Canton. 

Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol was dispatched to investigate the collision.  Champion E.M.S., Canton Fire Department, and South Van Zandt Fire Department also responded to the scene.

Upon arrival at the scene, a white female, age 17, identified as Seniya Jones of Canton, made statements to the responding Highway Patrol Trooper and a Canton Police Officer that she had been an occupant of one of the vehicles involved in the crash, and had been kidnapped from her home in the City of Canton. 

Jones stated that she had been forced into her mother's car, a Honda CR-V, by the reported kidnapper, and he then drove her vehicle from her residence.  Jones advised that the reported kidnapper then crashed the Honda on FM 2909, and ran into the adjacent woods.

A manhunt was then launched for the reported kidnapper, with Officers from the Canton Police Department, Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Van Zandt County Constable's Offices Precinct 1 & Precinct 2, and Van Zandt County Sheriff's Posse assisting.  The Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter was also called in to assist with an aerial search.  
Seniya Jones was transported from the scene to Mother Frances hospital in Tyler with non-life threatening injuries.  The passengers in the other vehicle were not transported to the hospital.  
An investigation was launched by the Canton Police Department regarding the reported kidnapping. Inconsistencies in Seniya Jones' report of the kidnapping soon surfaced. Through continued investigation, the report of the kidnapping was learned to be untrue. 

Jones ultimately admitted that she had fabricated the story because she had taken her mother's vehicle without permission. Jones advised that she had been the driver of the vehicle at the time of the crash, and that she was alone.

The search for the reported kidnapper was then terminated. This case remains open and under investigation.

The Canton Police Department is reviewing several apparent violations of Texas law by Jones. 



UPDATE: CANTON (KYTX) - Canton Police tell KYTX CBS 19 that the 17-year-old teenager from the fake kidnapping reported Tuesday night will be charged with filing a false report.


The teenager took her mom's car without permission and wrecked it.


Update: CBS 19 has confirmed with Canton police that a 17-year-old girl lied about being kidnapped. No word yet if charges will be filed against the teenager.

(Tyler Morning Telegraph) - Officials in Van Zandt County are looking for a man suspected of a kidnapping.

Dispatchers with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the Canton Police Department requested their helicopter to search the area around Farm-to-Market Road 2909.

They were told the Canton was looking for an armed man who was suspected of a kidnapping.

Canton Police did not release any information on the man or the kidnapping.

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