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This Day in Georgia History

April 26, 2005

Runaway Bride

Jennifer Wilbanks, aka the “Runaway Bride,” did not return from an evening jog, beginning a bizarre case in which she took a bus to Las Vegas without telling anyone, prompting a massive missing person search. When she did call home several days later, she pretended she had been kidnapped, but this story soon proved to be made up. She finally returned home to face a charge of making false statements to police. She had been scheduled to be married on April 30. She was eventually sentenced to probation and community service.