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Parents of Jessie Bender, 13, lied about daughter, cops say; Was trying to escape arranged marriage
by Michael Sheridan
A 13-year-old girl reported missing by her parents was really trying to escape an arranged marriage in Pakistan, police said Wednesday.
Jessie Bender's folks told authorities last month their daughter ran off because she didn't want to go on a two-month family trip to her step-father's native country. They then falsely claimed she was abducted by someone she met on Facebook, officials said.
However, after weeks of investigating leads that wrangled the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Office and police departments nationwide, authorities say it was all a lie.
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