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Missing Missouri mom faked disappearance to smoke pot with ex-husband, sheriff says

In this undated photo released by Chariton County Sheriff's office, Rachel Koechner and her 4-year-old daughter Zoee Sandner are shown. The central Missouri woman who has been missing with her daughter for four days called her boyfriend from a suburban Kansas City motel but was gone when police arrived to check on her. Authorities say they're believed to be with Koechner's former husband and are considered endangered because of previous domestic violence incidents. (AP Photo/Chariton County Sheriff's Office)

Undated photo of Rachel Koechner and her 4-year-old daughter, Zoee Sandner
AP Photo/Chariton County Sheriff's Office

(CBS/AP) KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A missing Missouri woman who was found Monday with her 4-year-old daughter staged their disappearance - just so she could smoke synthetic marijuana with her ex-husband in a suburban Kansas City motel, with the child nearby, a sheriff said.

Authorities feared that 28-year-old Rachel Koechner was abducted by her former husband when she sent a text message Thursday to her boyfriend saying, "help me."

Chariton County Sheriff Chris Hughes said Koechner instead spent much of that time with her ex, 37-year-old Davon Sandner, and their child, Zoee Sandner, at a Blue Springs motel.

They were found Monday night at a Linn County home. Hughes didn't specify whose home.

Koechner is held without bond in Chariton County but has not been charged. Sandner is jailed on unrelated forgery charges.

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