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On December 10, the Alexandria Police Department was contacted by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office in reference to a missing person. EPSO requested that APD check on the welfare of Rebecca Champion, who had been reported missing and was possibly at a house on Marilyn Ann Street in Alexandria. Initial reports indicated that she had possibly been kidnapped by her boyfriend and forced to go with him after he threatened to hurt Champion's husband.
Officers arrived and contacted Champion, who gave a similar account of events, saying that her boyfriend forced her to get in his truck under threat of harm to her husband. Subsequent investigation and review of the messages in her phone yielded new information which put events in a different light. Champion had messages in her phone in which she texted a friend saying she was going to "set up [her] stalker" in order to get him to leave her alone. When presented with this evidence, Champion admitted she made up the kidnapping to set up her boyfriend to get revenge on him.
Champion was charged with Criminal Mischief (Filing a False Police Report) and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center. The investigation also revealed evidence that Champion's husband was complicit in the staged kidnapping, however no charges will be forthcoming from APD as his actions took place outside of Rapides Parish.
Rebecca Champion, 12/11/1989
3008 Bucklin Road, Jennings, LA