(NEWCASTLE, Australia )-- William Pulver , the father of 18-year-old Madeleine who was at the center of a tense police operation in Sydney Wednesday, says his family is eager for their lives to return to normal.
Pulver held a press conference in Sydney where he thanked police and other emergency services and praised his daughter’s courage. He also said his daughter Maddie wanted to personally thank the officers who sat in her immediate vicinity during the ordeal.
Pulver said that Maddie woke up the next morning “tired and a little sore (after) holding this damn device in place for about 10 hours…and she is now eager as we are to get on with her life. “
The teenage girl had reportedly been ambushed by a masked man in the family mansion, who placed what appeared to be an explosive device around her neck in an extortion plot. After police were alerted, neighbors were evacuated and streets blocked off. The Pulvers, said to be one of Sydney's wealthiest families
New South Wales Police say they were called to the house, and after lengthy examinations by officers from the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Squad, Madeleine Pulver was safely reunited with her parents around midnight. The device turned out to be a fake bomb.
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