January 7th, 2012
12:42 AM ET

The harrowing journey of the girl who called herself Tika Cortez

Jakadrien Turner's lies last year to authorities in Texas - including adopting an alter ago and claiming she was from Colombia - set off a harrowing journey that, according to posts on a Facebook page featuring photographs of her, she seemed to later regret.

By Friday, the troubled teenager was finally back in the United States, after being arrested and then deported to a country that she'd never been in before. It was a months-long escapade that has her family asking questions about how she got to the South American nation and what happened to her while there.

Jakadrien's journey began April 2, 2011, in a Houston, Texas, shopping mall where the 15-year-old was arrested for shoplifting a white shirt, black vest and jeans. It was a petty crime that turned out to be the first step in her changing her identity.

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  1. DANIEL KIM

    US Government should charge and sentence her to juvenile for lying to federal authorities and make her mom and grandmom to reimburse taxpayers for her flight to and back to the US instead of leting theblack attorney to set a bad example trying to sue as these dynsfunctional minority families are a welfare burden!

    January 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Comeoffit

    What the hell does "Jakadrian" mean? What language is that?

    January 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Saoirse

    The more details that come out about this story, the more crazy it sounds. I can't wait to find out more!

    January 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kel Moy

    WICKED COOL ADVENTURE!! I would try to pull it off to see world reknown PS Dr Alfredo Hoyos in Bogota. Anyway love this story. Jakadrien Turner you are pretty radical.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
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