PCSO: Casa Grande woman staged her disappearance

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said a 36-year-old woman who was reported missing Monday night staged her disappearance and could be facing charges.

Jennifer Alvarez's boyfriend called the sheriff's office after finding blood inside their home near Casa Grande. He said Alvarez and two guns were missing.

A man contacted the sheriff's office Tuesday evening after learning of Alvarez's disappearance. He told deputies that Alvarez had stayed at his home the night before. He said he left his residence on Tuesday to take her home, but instead dropped her off at a house in Arizona City.

Deputies then went to Alvarez's residence and found her at home. They said she told two vastly different stories as to why she went missing.

PCSO spokesman Jim Knupp said the first related to her feeling overwhelmed by the thought of having to plan her boyfriend's birthday party, which was set to occur on Monday night, so she left. She explained that a dental filling "fell out," which caused her mouth to bleed.

Knupp said after being challenged on this story, Alvarez told deputies that two men came to her home to visit. One of them asked to use the restroom during which time he stole her boyfriend's handgun and AR15.

After noticing the weapons were missing, Alvarez said she feared her boyfriend would be angry so she wanted it to look as if something may have happened to her. She then told deputies that she threw a cellphone on the ground, scratched the inside of her gums to cause them to bleed and left a blood trail leading out of the residence.

Knupp said Alvarez later told sheriff's detectives yet another version of what had occurred.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said Alvarez admitted that she staged her abduction.

"The Sheriff's Office and Casa Grande Police expended many hours and our full attention to locate her, when we could have been working other cases," Babeu said in a news release. "At the conclusion of this investigation, we intend to file charges against Alvarez."

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