Police: Woman made false 911 calls
EBENSBURG – Police have filed charges against the Altoona woman who called in a kidnapping early Wednesday morning that turned out to be false.
Cambria Township Police Chief Mark Westrick said a call came in about 3:20 a.m., with a second call about 3:24 a.m., from an intoxicated-sounding woman, later identified as Kelly Miller, who claimed she had been kidnapped and that police should look for a white Chevrolet Impala driving east on Route 22 toward Altoona.
Westrick said the phone Miller, 42, 514 Sixth Ave., Apt. 2, used was inactive and could only be used to call 911. Westrick said the phone was registered to a man who lived in Pittsburgh, but when Pittsburgh police officers checked the address, they found the man no longer lived there.
The phone does not have a location setting, and police couldn’t use it to track Miller unless she called again. But the phone went silent after her second 911 call.
Westrick said officials were able to connect Miller to a similar case in Altoona.
Within hours after the kidnapping call, Westrick said Miller called Altoona police several times “to allege that she was assaulted and there was an unwanted male at her apartment” and gave the same vehicle description: a white Impala.
Police arrived at Miller’s home with a search warrant Wednesday evening.
Online court documents show 10 charges against Miller: two felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility, and two misdemeanor counts each of making a false alarm to an agency of public safety, obstructing law enforcement, making false reports and disorderly conduct.
Miller apparently told police they no longer needed to worry about looking for her kidnapper.
Westrick said police took Miller’s claim seriously, but that she did not sound distressed during the phone calls, noting that she changed topic and claimed her boyfriend had taken a money order from her and would not return it.
Online court documents show a lengthy criminal history in Blair, Cambria, Allegheny and Westmore-land counties dating back to 1998, with convictions including assault, harassment, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver, theft, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Court dates had not been set as of Wednesday evening.