Runaway bride dolls disappear as quickly as she did



Monday, March 6, 2006; Posted: 3:35 p.m. EST (20:35 GMT)
Spectators lined up for the dolls.

DULUTH, Georgia (AP) -- Like the woman who inspired their creation, Runaway Bride bobblehead dolls disappeared quickly during a sports promotion in her hometown.

The dolls, given to the first 1,000 people through the doors at the Gwinnett Gladiators ice hockey game Sunday, were gone in about 10 minutes.

People lined up more than three hours before the gates opened.

The minor league ECHL team named the trinket the "Runaway Bride Any Similarity to Actual Persons is Unintended and Purely Coincidental" Bobblehead Doll.

The bobblehead features a generic woman's face, with a veil over her head, a sweat shirt that says "I (heart) Duluth," a pair of running shoes labeled "Adios" instead of Adidas and a picture of the state of Georgia on the back.

Duluth resident Jennifer Wilbanks' disappearance last April, just days before her scheduled 600-guest wedding, prompted a national search.

She turned up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, claiming to have been abducted and raped.

Relief quickly turned to confusion and anger among some when Wilbanks recanted her story, saying she fled because of "certain fears" controlling her life.

Wilbanks was ordered to perform community service for lying to police.

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