Depression Cited In Fake Wi. Student “Abduction”

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Depression brought on by the death of a favorite aunt caused Audrey Seiler, 20, to lose touch with reality and prompted her to slip away from her apartment in March to think things through, the Wisconsin State Journal quotes her attorney as saying. When she was found four days later, she told police that a man who had abducted her was hiding nearby. For lying about her disappearance, Seiler, who had pleaded guilty to two counts of obstructing police, was put on probation yesterday. Dane County Circuit Judge James Martin ordered her to re-pay part of the cost of the search for her at a rate of $250 per month for the next three years. Acting Police Chief Noble Wray said the punishment was adequate and sends a message to others not to misuse police resources. The case cost the city about $96,000. “There’s no question we would prefer to get full reimbursement,” Wray said. “But we have to deal with the reality of things available to us.”

Seiler told the judge that “the decisions I made in this incident were neither intelligent nor good. What I wanted to do was find someplace I could go to clear my head and figure out why I was feeling so down, and how I could fix it, without any questions being asked.” She blamed a fictitious “bad” person after she was found because she did not want to blame her loved ones. A psychiatrist told the court: “Audrey did not have the mature skills or the psychological insight to cope with the feelings she was experiencing. The result of her severe depression was a dissociative episode which occurred during the time when she was ‘missing’.”


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