Lisa Bode, 44, is being held on $11,880 bond at the Cherokee County jail and has been charged with false report of a crime and giving false statements.
Bode initially reported to authorities she was kidnapped after her car broke down along Interstate 575 near the Pickens County line, authorities said. Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said a series of 911 calls were made Monday afternoon reporting the kidnapping.
Bode told dispatchers she was in the trunk of a gold car being driven by a white male who was headed south on I-575, officials said.
Detectives found Bode's black Ford Explorer on the side of the highway, but Garrison said no keys were found in the car. Garrison said the county, along with forces in Canton, Woodstock and Ball Ground, all took time and effort to try and find the gold car Bode said she was in.
However, later that evening, just before midnight on Monday, detectives located Bode alone at a Burger King in Blue Ridge, Maj. Ron Hunton said. Bode's prepaid cellphone ran out of minutes and authorities worked with the cellphone carrier to reactivate the phone. She began using the phone Monday evening and detectives were able to locate her in Fannin County. They placed a call to Bode and picked her up at the Burger King, according to authorities.
After she was transported to the jail, detectives determined she gave false information and had not been kidnapped, officials said.
Garrison said Bode was with friends the entire time, but said Bode maintains she was picked up along I-575 by an elderly female.
"Obviously we are not fully buying that story," he said, adding there were no other witnesses to corroborate her story.
When asked what was Bode's motive, Garrison said the woman was "having a lot of personal problems" in her life.
He noted drugs "most likely" could have been a factor in Bode's actions.
Garrison added she may have had a "potential conflict" with her boyfriend, but he said deputies have no reason to suspect the boyfriend was involved in Monday's incident.
This isn't Bode's first run-in with the law.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said Bode was arrested in 2004 for deposit account fraud.
Garrison said he appreciated the public's help in trying to locate Bode and hopes the public does not become jaded in helping solve missing persons cases.
"We encourage them not to be taken aback by this case in the future," he said.