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Police: Woman missing from Lakewood Farmers Market found safe, staged disappearance

Moua Vang, 31.
Moua Vang, 31. Courtesy of Lakewood Police Department.

A woman feared abducted from the Lakewood Farmers Market Tuesday has been found safe, police said.

Homeland Security found 31-year-old Moua Vang of Kirkland on an inbound flight to Seattle Thursday night, based on a nationwide missing person alert, and contacted Lakewood police.

Detectives interviewed her, and she admitted that she staged her van and flower booth at the market to look like an abduction, in order to leave without her family knowing, police spokesman Chris Lawler said.

When she got to her destination, she decided to come back, he said.

Detectives notified her family, and she was taken to a hospital for mental health treatment, according to police.

Further information was not immediately available.

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