Wild Discovery Into ‘Missing’ Upstate New York Woman, 3 Arrested
Police made a wild discovery while searching for a woman who was reported missing in the Hudson Valley.
On Wednesday, New York State Police from Troop F arrested three people for allegedly making up a missing persons report.
Man Goes Missing From Fallsburg, Sullivan County, New York
On Saturday, February 18, 2023, the New York State Police in conjunction with the Fallsburg Police Department initiated an investigation of a reported missing person.
Lisa M. Bowers, 29, and 20-year-old Dymond Schell called the Fallsburg Police Department Saturday afternoon and reported 37 -year-old Maria Encarnacion disappeared, police say.
"The circumstances described in the report along with the fact that missing person reports have the possibility of tragic results the State Police and Fallsburg Police brought numerous investigative resources," New York State Police stated.
Missing Report Deemed Fake By New York State Police
However, police soon determined the trio acted together to make the fake missing report.
"The location and the wellbeing of Encarnacion was never in doubt," New York State Police stated.
Bowers, Encarnacion, and Schell were all charged on Sunday with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. All three were issued appearance tickets returnable in the Town of Fallsburg on March 8, 2023.
Police did not say why they believe the group made up the missing person report.
While police say this missing person report was fake, officials are looking for help in finding nearly missing 50 New York children.