Police Chief Nick Durzis and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall will be on the podium today to discuss the arrest of Carly Russell, a Hoover police detective who faked her kidnapping and made false statements to detectives. The case created panic and alarm among citizens and the nation, as concerns grew about a kidnapper using a small child as bait. The story opened wounds for families who loved ones were victims of kidnappings, some even organizing searches to find Carly alive.
Carly Russell was arrested for false reporting to law enforcement authorities and a Class A misdemeanor with a $1,000 bond. Each charge carries up to a year in jail and a potential fine of $10,000 upon conviction. She was released from jail after posting a bond. The Hoover Police Department is grateful for the leadership in the investigation and the concern about a possible victim returning home. The case has garnered significant resources and time spent by law enforcement agencies, including civilians at war. The Hoover Police Department is committed to bringing this case to fruition and ensuring the safety of the innocent victims. The Alabama Attorney General’s Office is investigating the case of Carly Russell, who was believed to be abducted while trying to be of assistance. The investigation is being monitored by the Uber Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office. The investigation aims to determine if any additional charges need to be brought and evaluate them as the facts are presented. The Attorney General has jurisdiction throughout the state for both misdemeanors and felonies. The case has not been resolved yet, but the Attorney General has mentioned that their team will search through the files to determine what happened during Carly’s 49-hour absence and if she was with anyone else during that time. The Attorney General has not discussed any decision about a possible civil suit against Carly and her family, and the impact on Hoover Police Department filing a suit would be discussed.
The Attorney General has expressed concern about the community’s concern about young black and brown females being reported missing with Hoover and other agencies. The Attorney General has been working every case, regardless of race or color, and expects Alabama Law Enforcement to do its job when the report is filed. The next steps after this case include the Attorney General’s Office attorneys dealing with detectives, going through case files, and preparing the prosecution.