Nancy Salas Found, Faked Disappearance

May 14, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Students go about their business at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Nancy Salas the missing UCLA student had apparently deceived her parents about her status at the university. (David McNew/Getty Images)
Students go about their business at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Nancy Salas the missing UCLA student had apparently deceived her parents about her status at the university. (David McNew/Getty Images)
Nancy Salas was reported missing last week. The former UCLA student had apparently deceived her parents about her status at the university. She returned home Thursday evening after admitting she had staged her disappearance, in an attempt to run away from her problems.

Salas left for her routine morning run through Chevy Chase Canyon Wednesday morning and did not return at her usual time. After many hours had passed her parents called the Glendale Police. Her car, keys, and wallet were all left at her parent’s home, reported the Glendale Police.

The UCLA website posted an update regarding students that organized search efforts for the woman. Friends and family also set up a web page for Salas along with a Facebook page to alert the public of her disappearance.

The Glendale police released a statement voicing their request for blood hounds to accompany their search of the canyon where Salas was said to be jogging before her disappearance. A helicopter was also sent to the canyon to look for the woman. Police said that she had no known enemies or ex-boyfriend problems but were concerned by Salas' misinformation around her education status.

It seems Salas stopped attending school at UCLA in 2008. Her family was under the impression that she was closing in on graduation until her disappearance, reported the LA Weekly.

Salas was discovered after she visited a carpet store in Merced, CA and the employees called 911. Salas originally lied to authorities after being located saying she had evaded her kidnapper. The Glendale Police questioned Salas about the specifics of her abduction until she broke down and admitted she had lied about everything. Salas told the police her family “idolized” her for her upcoming graduation that she would not be attending, and the stress from her double life inspired her to run away, reported the Los Angeles Times.