MSU student charged in kidnapping hoax

March 2, 2012 9:10:00 PM

David Miller -


STARK VILLE -- The Mississippi State University student who fabricated her abduction Wednesday was charged Friday with filing a false police report.


Madison Gillette, 19, of Meridian, was booked at the Oktibbeha County Jail and was released on $500 bond, according to jail officials.


Gillette, who was charged by MSU police, could face up to one year in jail and a $500 fine if found guilty. A court date has not been set.



Gillette claimed she was abducted near South Hall and Mitchell Memorial Library on campus early Wednesday morning. She later recanted her story when interviewed by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the university said Wednesday.


Per university policy, Gillette will face punishment that ranges from academic probation to expulsion.


Bill Kibler, vice president of student affairs, said the initial notification the university received was that the student was in Birmingham.


At 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, a Maroon Alert text message about the abduction was sent to all students and campus employees. According to the university, the alleged victim called her roommate, who then alerted university officials.


No one else has been charged in the incident.