JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- A Mandarin subdivision is still shaken up. When people saw lights and sirens Sunday -- they didn't know what to think.
"We're thinking we're safe sitting out in front of our house. We live so close, I didn't know what was going on," Kelli Gallagher said.
Police had reason to believe Shannon Campbell had disappeared and was in trouble. Suspicious text messages were sent to her mom, asking for ransom money. That prompted a plea to the public to be on the lookout.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spared no expense while searching, so when it turned out to be a hoax and Campbell just trying to extort money from her own family, neighbors were furious.
"We can do better things with our tax money, definitely, then a manhunt," Carol Grimsley said.
Campbell is charged with filing a false police report, which is a misdemeanor.
Gallagher says faking a kidnapping is something no one should play around with.
"Why would you do that? For any person. For any money. It's just not worth it."
Campbell is scheduled to make her first appearance in court Monday afternoon.