“Further information” led detectives to question the story, and soon the three were in cuffs and behind bars, the Gardena department said.

Suspects were identified as 36-year-old Jennifer Nichols and 23-year-old Alejandro Terrazas of Hawthorne, police said. The underage teen was not ID'd.

If there was a motive (besides the claim of kidnapping) for this alleged homicide, cops aren't yet saying what it was.

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