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VAN ZANDT COUNTY (KYTX) - Canton police say a 17-year-old girl could face charges, accused of reporting a fake kidnapping shortly after a car crash Tuesday.

Police say after a manhunt with officers from multiple agencies, it finally came out that it was made up.

Police say 17-year-old Seniya Jones admitted, finally, that it was a hoax.

And that she had taken her mom's car without permission before crashing it.

Canton Police say Seniya Jones was driving on FM 2909 in Van Zandt County Tuesday, when she hit another car.

"She started telling me a story about how she had been kidnapped from her house in Canton. That's when multiple agencies got involved," says Corporal Matthew Skinner with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Corporal Skinner with DPS was first on the scene.

He says Canton Police, Van Zandt County deputies, even the DPS helicopter was brought in.

They were all trying to find the man Jones allegedly says took her from her canton home in her mom's car.

"Supposedly the subject was loose with a weapon in the woods just adjacent to where she was thrown from the vehicle," says Corporal Skinner.

Crews spread out from Highway 19 to County Road 4201.

"Probably scared, more than likely, caught in a bad situation. Theoretically, possibility could've done it for an affect,"says Physiologist Wilson Renfroe with Clinical Associates of East Texas.

He treats adults and some teens.

He told us why someone would do something like this.

"Maybe she did something she wasn't supposed to do," says Dr. Renfroe.

We went the address listed in investigator's records to find out what Jones has to say, but the family wasn't talking.

Canton Police say Jones finally admitted she wasn't supposed to be driving her mother's CR-V and that's why she lied.

In the end, heavier penalties could come for the wreck, and everything that happened afterward.

"We own up and have to pay the consequences for what we do one way or the other. Whether with our parents for doing something wrong, or with the legal system," says Dr. Renfroe.

Canton Police say Jones could face several charges including filing a false report, but the investigation is still open.

Troopers say she will also face a charge for the wreck.

Jones was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The other people involved in the crash were not taken to the hospital.

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