Rachel Koechner, 28, and her 4-year-old daughter, Zoee Sandner, were reported missing last Thursday after Koechner's boyfriend received a text from her that read: "Help me". Police, Koechner's boyfriend, and Koechner's mother believed that Rachel and Zoee were with Devon Sandner, Rachel's ex-husband/Zoee's father, and in harm's way. Koechner reportedly called her boyfriend from a Kansas City-area motel and "sounded like she was reading from a script". County Sheriff Chris Hughes called the motel a short time later. "She said she couldn't talk now," Hughes said. "I asked if she was OK, and she said, 'No.'"
Strange thing is: Koechner has now been taken into custody and she's the one facing charges. She's currently being accused of fabricating her and her daughter's abduction.
Hughes stated that "through investigation police learned she fabricated the (abduction) story." He also said that Sandner was not charged in the incident but was taken into custody on an outstanding forgery warrant.
Details about how police have come to suspect the abduction story was really a hoax by Koechner remain scant -- and charges are currently pending. But still. If police suspicions do prove to be true, and Koecnher did fake her and her daughter's abduction, the woman obviously needs help. A lot of it. This story shows a woman who took things way too far -- a "help me" text message; the whole "reading from a script" thing. It's pretty bad. And when a 4-year-old child is involved, it's even worse.
Hopefully, Koechner will get the mental help she needs if she's found guilty -- but more importantly, hopefully, her toddler daughter winds up in a good home with stable people.
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