Sutter County Sheriff’s Office: Ransom Messages Sent to Aly Yeoman’s Family Were a Hoax

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SUTTER COUNTY -- Ransom messages that were sent to missing college student Aly Yeoman's family were fake, according to the Sutter County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday, law enforcement officials found the person who allegedly sent the ransom messages to the Yeoman family.

"A person was trying to send text messages to the family to make some type of ransom and we have located that person," Sutter County Under Sheriff Jeff Pierce told FOX40 Monday morning.

Officials have determined that the person was not involved in Aly's disappearance and did not have knowledge of her whereabouts.

Law enforcement officials are working with prosecutors on possible charges related to the false ransom messages.

Aly Yeoman of Gridley was last seen March 30 in Yuba City. Her truck and cell phone were found a few days later in Live Oak.

Pierce said the search for Yeoman will look different this week than the week before. No K-9 units and no roaming ATVs will be in the area. Instead, Pierce says, detectives will be following up on leads.

"If we have information that leads to that type of search, we will go conduct the search but right now, the area we had of interest, we've already searched so right now, it's based on following leads and tips," Pierce said.