Why You Won’t Feel Sorry About This Woman Found Zip-Tied in a Dumpster

Sometimes police officers come across some very strange situations. Whether they encounter a domestic dispute or a crime in progress, one thing is certain: This job isn’t easy.

But a recent incident in Colorado has to be one of the strangest things the local cops have ever come across. At first, it appeared that a serious crime was committed, but the truth came out eventually, and it’s extremely odd.

Meet Linnea Hayda

Linnea Hayda's mugshot.

Linnea Hayda’s mastermind plan went awry. | Trynews via YouTube

On a cold March morning near Vail, Colorado, police officers discovered 31-year-old Linnea Hayda in a dumpster. She was conscious, but she couldn’t speak. Her hands were zip-tied. although it appeared she had freed herself from other ties.

Next: At first, it seemed like someone had harmed Hayda.

The aftermath

Emergency room entrance.

The young woman was rushed to the emergency room | iStock.com

Hayda was immediately transported to a local hospital, where she was treated for various minor injuries. Detectives interviewed her at the hospital, and Detective Sgt. Luke Causey gave a statement to Vail Daily, asking anyone who had seen anything to come forward.

“We’re not ruling anything out,” Causey said. “We don’t pull young ladies out of dumpsters very often.”

Next: Hayda gave police a report.

The police report

A dumpster in front of a building.

Sounds like a horrifying story. | Linnea Hayda/Getty Images

After she was released from the hospital, Hayda went to the local police station and gave her statement. She said she’d been abducted around 5:30PM the day before, then tossed into a car by someone who told her she would never see her kids again. The next thing she knew, she was found in a dumpster.

Next: Something’s fishy in Vail.

The truth comes out

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She eventually confessed to lying. | Chalabala/iStock/Getty Images

Here’s why you shouldn’t feel sorry for Hayda: She’s lying. Vail detectives released a statement weeks after the incident that said, “After a thorough investigation totaling over 200 hours, 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.”

Next: Why would anyone fake their own abduction?

But why?

Emergency Responder in speed on road.

She was arrested once she ‘fessed up to the police. | iStock.com

Hayda was promptly arrested, leaving the Vail community wondering why she’d lie about her abduction. As it turns out, there was a court order keeping Hayda from going near an apartment complex near the dumpster where she was found, and she also was scheduled to have a custody hearing involving her children three days after the dumpster incident.

Next: What’s next for Hayda?

The punishment for faking a kidnapping

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The judges were not sympathetic. | Wavebreakmedia/Getty Images

Hayda has been released after posting a $7,500 bond, but her troubles aren’t over. If she was faking her kidnapping in hopes of improving her odds at her custody hearing, she didn’t do herself any favors. She’s been charged with attempting to influence a public servant, tampering with evidence and false reporting to the police, and she faces up to six years behind bars if she’s convicted.

Next: Hayda isn’t the first person to fake a crime.

Other cases of false reporting and faking it

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This type of story is not completely unheard of. | iStock.com

Hayda isn’t the first person to falsely report a crime. In 2015, a Chilean woman named Maria Olivares Veloso allegedly faked her own kidnapping in a desperate bid to get $70,000 from her wealthy father to pay off her debts. There have been numerous cases of fake kidnappings and hate crimes throughout history, leading to some hefty legal consequences.

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