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Man who said he escaped kidnappers in Smokies now charged

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A missing North Carolina man who was found along a road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park now faces charges.

The man said he had been kidnapped but now investigators say that is not true.

It started a week ago in North Carolina when 20-year-old Caleb Tutor was last seen about 10:00 Thursday night.

The Wake County Sheriff's Office issued a missing persons report with a description of his car and Tutor's photo.

Tutor lives in Fuquay-Varina North Carolina, near Raleigh.

Tuesday morning, he showed up near Townsend in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

According to a park spokesman, Tutor approached a park visitor on Laurel Creek Road about 4 miles from the Townsend Wye and about three miles from Cades Cove.

Tutor asked for help and said he had escaped from kidnappers.

The visitor contacted a ranger, and Tutor ended up back home in Fuquay-Varina.

His aunt told Raleigh's NBC affiliate that Tutor was on his way to bible college in North Carolina when he was kidnapped by three men and drugged.

But Thursday afternoon, Public Information Director for the
Wake County Sheriff's Office Phyllis A. Stephens told 10News that their investigation showed there was no kidnapping, and they have charged Tutor with filing a false report to police.

The case is still under investigation.

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Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park have found a young North Carolina man who had been missing.

Caleb McLoud Tutor of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., approached park visitors on Tuesday on Laurel Creek Road and asked for help, reported The Daily Times in Maryville.

Park spokesman Bob Miller said the 20-year-old Tutor told those he approached he had escaped from kidnappers.

The Wake County, N.C., Sheriff's Office confirmed that rangers had found Tutor and that he had been missing since April 14.
The sheriff is investigating.

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