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Marshal's Office:

Camp Verde teen might face charges for report

PRESCOTT ­ After the Camp Verde Marshal's Office spent much time and effort finding suspects in the reported kidnapping of a 16-year-old Camp Verde girl, police say, she admitted to making up the entire story that prompted a statewide Amber Alert.

"It is a hoax," said Darby Martin of the Marshal's Office.

On Saturday, Nayma Sanchez-Santa Maria sent threatening text messages to her family making them believe that someone had kidnapped her, a Marshal's Office press release says.

She wanted to be with her boyfriend, Javier Guavamarra-Avilez, and return to Mexico, Martin said. The girl's parents disapproved of that relationship, she said.

Although the minor is not in custody, Martin said, potential charges against her and her mother may be pending.

Deputy Jessica Jaramillo said the mother gave deputies information that led to the statewide Amber Alert broadcast.

Martin said detectives plan to conduct additional interviews with the girl before they file charges.

On Saturday, the police received information that Sanchez-Santa Maria's abduction happened at the Wendy's Restaurant in the Village of Oak Creek ­ where she works ­ as she waited for the restaurant to open at around 9 a.m. A family member, who was working with the girl at the restaurant, reported the incident to the Marshal's Office at 12:30 p.m. The agency issued the Amber Alert 45 minutes later.

At around 3:45 p.m., authorities found the girl at a Sedona residence where she contended she escaped her captors. She received some minor injuries that required treatment at the Sedona Medical Center.

Jaramillo said the girl scratched herself and tore her shirt.

She told the police her kidnapping involved pepper spraying, blindfolding and driving to numerous locations within the Verde Valley area.

The Marshal's Office later concluded that Sanchez-Santa Maria used teargas instead of pepper spray to fake her abduction, Jaramillo said.

However, her story initially led detectives to believe that multiple suspects took part in the kidnapping, but that her boyfriend was the ringleader. The girl also described the abductors' car but later changed that description, Martin said.

Jaramillo said after deputies placed significant pressure on the Verde Valley community where they believed the kidnapper lived, he became nervous and convinced the girl to tell the truth.

Jaramillo said he will not face any charges in connection with this incident.

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