updated 5/10/2005 12:21:53 PM ET 2005-05-10T16:21:53

The Georgia woman who ran away from her wedding is checking herself into a hospital, officials from Jennifer Wilbanks’ church said Tuesday.

Wilbanks is in voluntary treatment for physical and mental issues that she believes played a major role in her decision to leave town last month, the church said in a statement.

The 32-year-old woman touched off an extensive search last month when she vanished from her Georgia home days before her wedding. The local district attorney is deciding whether to charge her with making false statements.

Word of her hospital treatment may be the last about Wilbanks for a while. Her family’s church says it will not be disclosing how long she’ll be in the hospital or when there will be any updates.

Separately, court records reportedly show that Wilbanks served jail time for shoplifting several years ago.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday that Wilbanks faced a felony charge in 1996 for allegedly shoplifting $1,700 worth of merchandise from a mall. Records show the prosecutor in that case dropped the charge after Wilbanks completed a program of community service and restitution. That prosecutor is now serving as Wilbanks’ attorney.

In a separate case, court records show Wilbanks served two weekends in jail after pleading guilty to another shoplifting charge. A judge sentenced her to probation, a $400 fine and community service.

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