Australian teenager Madeleine Pulver was reunited with her parents, late Wednesday night after spending 10 hours with a collar bomb attached to her neck. The drama unfolded after police officers, responding to a call, found her alone in the family house with a box-shaped device strapped to her neck. She told them that a man wearing a balaclava had entered her house attacked her and attached the device.
Pulver an 18-year-old High School student was freed unhurt from the device by police bomb disposal specialists who used X-ray equipment and assistance from British military experts. Police later said there had been no explosive, but confirmed that there was a note making demands. Detective Superintendent Luke Moore, of New South Wales police, would not reveal the note’s contents, but said: “We are treating this as an attempted extortion, a very serious attempted extortion.” New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch told journalists the device turned out to be “a very, very elaborate hoax”.
Ms. Pulver is the daughter of William and Belinda Pulver, who are reportedly one of Sydney’s wealthiest couples.The family lives in a an upscale suburb of Sydney. Mr. Pulver, is the CEO of an information technology company. On Thursday, while fighting back tears he talked about his daughter’s horrifying ordeal. “We as parents are extraordinarily proud of Maddy,” Pulver said, his wife Belinda at his side. “I think she has woken up this morning in pretty good spirits. She’s a little tired, a little sore, from holding this damned device in place for about 10 hours.” Police do not have a description of the intruder and they say Ms. Pulver is not suspected of orchestrating the event.