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Police: woman who reported Lancaster abduction lied

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police said a woman who claimed to have been abducted in Lancaster on Tuesday morning lied.

Police said it appears 33-year-old Maria Collazo drove herself to the park and locked herself in the trunk of her car in Lancaster County Central Park.

Collazo, of New Holland, has been charged with making false reports and falsely alarming law enforcement.

According to police, detectives who initially found Collazo in the park saw the trunk open and close as they were approaching her vehicle.

Collazo originally told police that she had been forced into the trunk of her vehicle somewhere in Lancaster City around 8:50 a.m. Authorities later found her in the trunk of her Chrysler 300 in the Kiwanis area of the park.

She told police she had been driven to the park, was assaulted and then locked in the trunk. She was treated at a local hospital.

Collazo later told police she had been abducted from a Lancaster Parking Authority parking lot in the 100 block of East Walnut Street. However, police say her pass card, which is required to enter the lot, was not used that morning.

Police said Collazo, who initially claimed to be in an unknown park, later showed officers the route taken by her supposed abductors.

A review of video surveillance indicated that she drove past the parking lot where the alleged abduction took place, and that she was alone in the car, police said.

Collazo was arrested at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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