July 24, 2023

USA: Carlee Russell Finally Admits She Made Up The Entire Kidnapping Story In Alabama July 13th That Launched A Nationwide Search For 49 Hours. She Wanted To Get Ex-Boyfriends Attention.

UPDATE 7/30/23 at 2:04pm: Added info below.

WFLA News Channel 8 published July 28, 2023: "She's Smiling?!": Your reaction to Carlee Russell's mugshot release in Alabama. Carlee Russell, who caused controversy after fabricating her own kidnapping, could now face jail time, according to Hoover police. WFLA Now's JB Biunno reads your reactions to the first time seeing Carlee Russell's mugshot.
ABC 33/40 published July 14, 2023: Woman reports seeing a toddler on the side of the interstate, now she can't be found. 25-year-old Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell called 911 to report seeing a toddler on the side of the road, then she called her family to tell them about it. She hasn't been heard from since.
Carlee said a White man with red hair was one of her kidnapper. (emphasis mine)
NewsNation published July 24, 2023: Carlee Russell was not abducted, attorney confirms. Carlee Russell, an Alabama woman who disappeared for two days earlier this month, was never abducted, her attorney confirmed Monday. “My client apologizes for her actions to this community,” attorney Emory Anthony said in a statement.
ABC 33/40 published July 24, 2023: Carlee Russell admits to making up kidnapping story. Carlee Russell, a Hoover woman who disappeared for two days in July, claiming she was kidnapped, admitted to making up the story.

WESH2 NBC News, Alabama local
written by Staff
Monday July 24, 2023

The disappearance of Carlee Russell was declared “a hoax,” according to Hoover police Chief Nick Derzis.

Now authorities are investigating possible criminal charges.

During a news conference held by Alabama authorities on Monday, a statement from Russell's attorney admitted she was not kidnapped and did not encounter a toddler along Interstate 459.

"There was no kidnapping on Thursday, July 13, 2023. My client did not see a baby on the side of the road," read a statement from Russell's attorney, Emery Anthony. "My client did not leave the Hoover area when she was identified as a missing person."

The statement confirms Russell admitted to lying about what happened, police said. Russell apologized to the people who helped in the search and her friends and family.

"My client apologizes for her actions to this community, the volunteers who were searching for her, to the Hoover Police Department and other agencies as well and to her friends and family. We ask for your prayers for Carlee as she addresses her issues and attempts to move forward, understanding that she made a mistake in this matter," the statement concluded.

According to her lawyer, she had not left the Hoover area when she was reported missing and received no assistance from anyone.

"My client did not have any help in this incident — this was a single act done by herself. My client was not with anyone or any hotel with anyone from the time she was missing," he said.

Police continue to investigate that part of Russell's story.

"We still don't know where she was for those 49 hours," Derzis said.

Authorities are considering potential charges related to false reporting and the misuse of law enforcement resources.

This is a developing story.
Good Morning America published July 24, 2023: Boyfriend of Carlee Russell asks people to ‘stop bullying her’. Amid questions about Carlee Russell’s disappearance, Thomar Latrell Simmons told the New York Post he wanted “everyone to stop bullying her" and to “think about her mental health."
The Pascal Show published July 20, 2023: DUMPED! Carlee Russell's Boyfriend Deletes Her COMPLETELY From His Social Media?! Her Tweets Are...
The Pascal Show published July 24, 2023: WOW CARLEE THREW A PARTY?! Carlee Russell Has Party At Home While Police Keep Watch?!

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