Memphis teen assumed to be missing was used in kidnapping scheme

By: Scott Madaus


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Memphis teenager who had been reported as a kidnapping victim has been found safe, and a woman is now facing charges for filing a false report in the case.

According to an affidavit, police said Kimauna Butler called them and said Malynda Townsend had been kidnapped.

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After she was arrested, Butler told police Townsend was not a victim of kidnapping but was being used in a plot to get money.

Townsend's family saw our story on FOX13 News at 5 and 6 and called Scott Madaus to let him know she was back home.

"I'm home now. I'm safe, and hopefully I won't have you all worrying about me anymore," said the teen.

Kimuana Butler will face a judge Thursday morning.

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