A Vail Colorado woman was arrested, and charged with false reporting after she was found in a dumpster with her hands bound, telling police she had been kidnapped and dumped there.
Linnea Hayda, 31, of Vail has been charged with attempting to influence a public servant, tampering with evidence and false reporting to the police.
If convicted, she could face up to six years behind bars.
The Vail Daily reports that police say they investigated Hayda’s allegations for over 200 hours and determined they are ‘fictitious’.
Linnea Hayda, seen in her mugshot, faces up to six years behind bars for lying to police about kidnapping.
According to police, Hayda was found shortly after 5:30 am on March 27th in a dumpster, near an apartment building in Vail’s Sandstone neighborhood. There was an order of protection that forbid her from being near one of the apartments in the complex.
This happened three days before she was due in court for a custody hearing for her children.
The following day, a scraped up Hayda visited the Vail Daily and told a reporter that ‘she had finished her shift at her Avon job between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday, March 26. She claimed that she was abducted around 5:30 p.m., and that the person who took her threw her into a car and told her she would not see her children again.’
The next morning, when she was found, she was conscious, but unable to talk.
‘Vail detectives concluded that an account provided by Hayda, which led police to issue an alert to the community asking about suspicious activity, proved to be fictitious,’ Vail Police said in a statement.
When Hayda was found in this dumpster, the community was alerted, and people were ‘on edge’
An order of protection forbade Hayda from being near an apartment in this complex
‘We appreciate the officers and detectives who devoted their time and expertise to this case and also the public who helped us. We know this caused concern in the community and hope this helps lay some fears to rest,’ the Vail Police said in a statement.
Assistant District Attorney Heidi McCollum told the Vail Daily that, “the charges in this case are serious. Every time we investigate allegations, every time we take a case of this magnitude, it takes away resources from other cases and away from actual victims. That’s not fair to those victims, it’s not fair to our community.”
“People have been on edge, thinking that someone is harming people and dropping them in trash dumpsters. Hopefully, they can now rest easier,” McCollum said.
Hayda posted $7500 bond.
Her phone has been disconnected, and her Facebook page wiped.