Developments surrounding the disappearance and reappearance of Jennifer Wilbanks:
Four days before her scheduled wedding, Wilbanks leaves the home she shares with her fiance in Duluth at 8:30 p.m. Her fiance, John Mason, believes she has gone jogging on her daily run through their neighborhood.
Mason calls police at around 1:30 a.m. to report that Wilbanks is missing. Later that day, more than a hundred volunteers, including members of the wedding party and invited wedding guests, search the area for any clues in Wilbanks' disappearance. Local authorities canvass door-to-door into the night.
In the morning, authorities announce they are treating Wilbanks' disappearance as a criminal investigation and the FBI offers its assistance. However, hours later, Duluth Police Chief Randy Belcher acknowledges: "It's a very real possibility she did get cold feet. I mean, how many husbands have gone out for a pack of cigarettes and not come back?"
Duluth police call off their search, saying they have "turned over probably every leaf in the city." Soon after, Wilbanks' family makes an emotional plea for her safe return and offers a $100,000 reward. Wedding guests plan to attend a prayer service the next day at the church and time where Wilbanks and Mason had been scheduled to get married.
On the day of her scheduled wedding, Wilbanks places a collect call to her fiance at 1:30 a.m. She claims that she was kidnapped and was just released by her abductors. She claims she does not know where she is. Authorities trace the call to a pay phone in Albequerque, N.M., and Wilbanks is picked up by police there.
After being questioned by the FBI, authorities announce at 7:20 a.m. that they have determined Wilbanks was not abducted. They say she instead had cold feet about her wedding and left Georgia on a bus to Las Vegas. She then took a bus to Albuquerque soon before her call.