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Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 19, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks purchases a Greyhound bus ticket from Atlanta, Georgia to Austin, Texas.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 26, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks does not return from an evening jog. She is scheduled to get married on April 30.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 27, 2005 Duluth, Georgia police, assisted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, state police and FBI, along with friends of Jennifer Wilbanks and concerned citizens, begin search a 5.5 square mile area for the missing woman. Among those searching are members of the wedding party.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 28, 2005 Duluth police announce they are conducting a criminal investigation into the disappearence of Jennifer Wilbanks.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 29, 2005 Police suspend the search for Jennifer Wilbanks. They also want John Mason, whom Wilbanks was to marry on Saturday, to take a lie detector test to prove he is not a suspect.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
April 30, 2005 At 1:30 am Jennifer Wilbanks calls her fiance John Mason and tells him she has been kidnapped. Authorities trace the phone call to a 7-11 in Albequerque, New Mexico. Local enforcement agents pick her up and take her to the Albequerque PD station, where she is questioned by the FBI and released. They had determined that no kidnapping took place.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
May 25, 2005 A grand jury in Gwinnett County, Georgia indicted Jennifer Wilbanks with one felony charge of making a false statement to police and one misdemeanor charge of filing a false police statement.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
May 31, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks agrees to reimburse the city $13,000 for the money it spent searching for her.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
June 2, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks is sentenced to 2 years probation following a no contest plea to felony charges that she made a false statement to police
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
June 11, 2005 Katie Couric is the first newsperson to interview Jennifer Wilbanks
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
August 8, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks began her community service work, part of her sentencing agreement with Gwinnett County.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
September 13, 2006 Runaway bridge Jennifer Wilbanks sues her ex-fiance over the money they made selling rights to their story.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride


Jennifer WilbanksJohn Mason and Jennifer Wilbanks had planned a late April wedding with 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen, but the wedding would get postponed when the bride got cold feet. For nearly a week media attention would focus on Duluth, Georgia, a growing city in the suburbs of Atlanta that the two called home.




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