Update: Judge orders Whitley County woman to go to rehab after alleged fake kidnapping

Published: Aug. 15, 2018 at 11:35 AM EDT
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Update, August 29

A judge ordered Abbygail Farley to go to rehab after she allegedly faked her own kidnapping.

Police say Farley faked her own kidnapping and demanded a $600 ransom from her father.

A court date is set for November 22 at 1 p.m.

Original Story, August 15

A young Southern Kentucky woman is in trouble after police say she wrote her own ransom note in an extortion case.

Police say 19-year-old Abbygail Farley was reported missing by her father. He got text messages from her alleged abductors, who at first said they wanted $600, then dropped down the ransom to $400.

"Said he was receiving messages from her phone saying she had been abducted for money because she owed some money," said Lt. Coy Wilson of Corbin Police.

Farley's father was given a drop-off location to leave the money. He contacted Corbin police who then contacted the FBI for help.

After Farley's father dropping off $400, police pinged Farley's phone and discovered she had used a text-free app to send ransom notes to her father.

Police found Farley staying in an apartment in the Gray community.

"After dropping it off, we went and searched all the residences and after a couple we found her," said Wilson.

Farley then admitted to police she made it all up. She was never missing or in danger. She just wanted her father to pay up.

She was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident, theft by extortion, theft and disorderly conduct. Officers took her to the Whitley County Detention Center.

Farley at first told police she was afraid of some people and wanted to skip town, but police believe she may have wanted the money for another reason.

"We think she has a drug problem and that was the reason behind all of this," said Wilson.

Police don't think anyone else was involved in the extortion attempt.