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UPDATE: Woman fabricated Highway 101 kidnapping

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On Friday, May 26, 2017, the Coos County Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen in the Bandon area who had found a frightened woman running near Prosper Junction Road. (KCBY)

UPDATE: San Jose police say they met with the alleged kidnapping victim who admitted she made up the story.


ORIGINAL STORY:
BANDON, Ore. (KCBY) - Coos County authorities are coordinating an investigation with law enforcement in California after receiving a call about a frightened woman running down a road in the Bandon area.

On Friday, the Coos County Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen in the Bandon area who had found a frightened woman running near Prosper Junction Road.

Around 10:18 p.m. the sheriff’s office and Bandon Police officers found the woman, who described being taken at knifepoint from her apartment complex in San Jose, California, about 10 hours prior.

The woman, a 22-year-old Hispanic-American and college student at San Jose State University, said she was made to drive her own vehicle in which she was carjacked, police said.

She said she had run out of gas as the light had been on for some time. When the car came to a stop, the victim told deputies she took the opportunity to flee, running into a high-grass area nearby and lying down for an hour or two.

She said it was daylight when she ran and, after darkness fell, she made her way to Highway 101 and into the area of Prosper Junction.

Law enforcement located the vehicle a short distance off the road near the old Rogge Forest Products planer mill at Bullards Bridge and Highway 101.

The Coos Bay Police Department sent K9 Dak to the scene and a track of the suspect was undertaken. Two hours had passed since the suspect had last been seen and police said the track was unsuccessful. The vehicle was towed to a secure location for further analysis.

The woman was taken to Bay Area Hospital where she was treated for injuries to her face from the suspect striking her, police said, and deputies interviewed her there.

Deputies contacted San Jose-area law enforcement. The San Jose State University Police had conducted an investigation when the woman’s father and family showed up to meet her for graduation and she was not there.

Deputies contacted university police as well as the City of San Jose Police Department. No report had been taken by the San Jose police, although the abduction had occurred inside the jurisdiction of the city, the sheriff's office said. University police had started an investigation.

Deputies contacted the Coos County Women’s Safety and Resource Center which provided an advocate for the victim. The center was able to house her until family could arrive over the weekend to take her home.

She was interviewed further on Saturday and was able to provide a few more details, police said.

The investigation is continuing with deputies working with the San Jose Police Department, the lead agency in the investigation. The Medford Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was given details of the abduction as well.

The suspect is described as a mixed-race African-American and Hispanic male in his 30s. He was last seen wearing a black hoodie, black baseball hat, and black winter-style gloves. The man does not have facial hair, according to the victim.

The sheriff's office says "it's not believed the public is at risk."

Updates were placed on the sheriff’s office Facebook page over the weekend and it's not believed the suspect remains in the local area, though it's not impossible, police said.

The victim did not know her abductor, according to authorities.

The investigation is ongoing.