US authorities will not press criminal charges against a 24-year-old India-born woman who fled from her house to escape an unhappy marriage but caused a massive and costly search, as her husband feared that she had drowned.
Prosecutors have determined that criminal charges are not appropriate and will not be filed against Anu Solanki, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin said.
But whether or not restitution for the costly search will be sought in civil court, has not yet been determined, he said. Police in Chicago said the intensive search for the woman cost more than $ 250,000.
Also, no criminal charges will be filed against Karan C Jani, the 23-year-old man Anu fled with, either, Conklin was quoted as saying by Chicago-Sun Times.
The couple was born in Gujarat and had married on October 6, 2006, after Dignesh Solanki's mother introduced the two.
Anu left her car running near the Des Plaines River on Decembet 24 when she disapperared. "It wasn't meant to look like there was foul play or tragedy involved in her disappearance," Cook County Forest Preserve spokesman Bill Cunningham said on Saturday.
Anu told her husband she was going to bury a broken Hindu statue at that location, which she did, according to Cunningham. She left the car behind with the doors open and engine running because "she wanted a clean break from her husband (Dignesh Solanki) and her marriage and didn't want to have any of his possessions," he said.