Jennifer Wilbanks, the bride-to-be who disappeared Tuesday night in Georgia and was almost given up for dead, telephoned her family this morning to say she is alive.
She said she had been abducted by a man and a woman while she was jogging and they took her away in a blue van. She apparently was released last night in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
It’s probably the most startling reappearance of a missing person since 15-year-old Elizabeth Smart turned up alive in 2003 after a nine-month disappearance in Utah.
The innocent man. The most relieved person on Earth today has to be Jennifer Wilbanks’ fiance, John Mason, who was feeling the heat of skeptical questions and suspicious stares.
Mason had passed a private lie-detector test in denying he had any part in Jennifer’s disappearance. Police requested that he take their polygraph test, too, but that had not been administered.
This morning, Mason told a TV news reporter he’d be happy to take that second lie-detector test now.
Update: Later today, Jennifer Wilbanks admitted she had not been abducted. She had "cold feet" about her wedding, scheduled for today, and took a bus out of Duluth, Georgia, to escape. Now she'll be going home to a lot of angry people.