Jennifer Wilbanks was scheduled to marry her then-fiancee, John Mason in April 2005. It was going to be a lavish event: There would be 28 members of the wedding party and more than 600 guests were invited.
But just days before the wedding, Wilbanks vanished without a trace, sparking a nationwide manhunt. Her distraught family made the rounds on the cable networks, pleading for her return and saying that she wasn’t the type of person to run off.
They were wrong.
Wilbanks, then 32, emerged three days later and claimed that she had been taken hostage by a Latino man and caucasian woman while she was out for a run. According to Wilbanks, the couple had driven her from Duluth, Georgi,a to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they had sexually assaulted her in a van.
She later recanted her story, admitting she’d actually fled
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Jennifer Wilbanks, who became known as the ‘Runaway Bride’ after fleeing to avoid getting married
Jennifer Wilbanks was so desperate to avoid getting married to her soon-to-be-husband that she fled more than 1,400 miles then pretended she’d been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.
Wilbanks was due to marry John Mason in April 2005 in a lavish wedding with 600 guests.
But to avoid it she left Duluth, Georgia, and fled to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Her sudden disappearance sparked a manhunt across the US with some speculating whether Mason had killed her.
Three days later — after a $100,000 reward was put up by relatives in a bid to find her — she finally rang Mason, as well as 911, and lied that she had been taken hostage by a Hispanic man and a Caucasian woman while out for a run.
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