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A teenage girl in California who admitted to faking her own kidnapping in an effort “to get sympathy from her family” has been arrested.

A statewide search and Amber Alert was issued for 17-year-old Christina Almanza on Dec. 8 when her family reported her missing after receiving a voicemail and “disturbing” text messages from her.

“The voicemail and text messages stated that she, and possibly other females, were being held against their will in a basement and that one female had possibly been killed,” according to a police report.

The teenager was found the next day when officials went to a home to seek information from one of Almanza’s friends. When they arrived, they found the blue 1999 Oldsmobile minivan that she was last seen driving parked in the driveway.

Almanza confessed that the text messages had been fake.

“She actually admitted that all those were false. She made all those up,” police said. “She did it to get attention from her family.”

Almanza told authorities that she did not expect law enforcement to get involved.

Reportedly, Christina Almanza faked her kidnapping because she was afraid of telling her parents she was pregnant. “She figured her parents would be so happy to have her returned, that they wouldn’t be mad about her being pregnant,” officials said.

Christina Almanza already has a 2-year-old child.

The local police chief told ABC News that the futile search was frustrating because of the other crimes the police force could have been fighting.

“I could have had a task force on some drug activity or gang activity,” he said. “This is serious stuff. If you’re in trouble, we’ll expend all of our resources in trying to find you. But if it turns out to be a hoax, we’ll do it likewise and try to prosecute you and get restitution.”

The police department is in the process of calculating how much money was lost in the search. He said that the tally so far has come to $30,000 for a day and a half of searching.

Seven police agencies were involved in the search on federal, state and local levels.