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Police: Kidnapping story was a hoax; woman arrested

Police: Kidnapping story was a hoax; woman arrested
Roxanna Marie Long
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SALEM, Ore. -- Salem police and Marion County sheriff's deputies found and arrested a woman who they said made up a story about being held against her will.

Police said on Saturday night, 28-year-old Roxanna Long called her family and told them she was being held inside of a building. Family members told police that the line was disconnected before she could tell them where she was.

It's unclear why Long made up the story.

On Sunday morning the Salem Police Department asked the public for help finding Long.

Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada said authorities searched for Long along Brooklake Road NE between Wheatland Road and Interstate 5 early Sunday afternoon. They did not find her at the time, but deputies found her staying with an acquaintance in the area at around 4:30 p.m., Okada said.

Police arrested Long on charges of disorderly conduct and initiating a false report. Long also had an outstanding warrant for a hit-and-run crash in Yreka, Calif.

Long's former landlord, Lynch Prater, told KATU News that she disappeared while he was evicting her in 2011.

"She disappeared for like three days while we were evicting her, we had no idea where she went," said Prater, who also said he witnessed her arguing with others around the apartment.

KATU's Patrick Preston contributed to this story.

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