Nanny Kristin Kiefer wanted a bit of attention from her employers, so she made up a story about seeing three men who may have shot a cop in Fox Lake, Illinois. Well, it certainly worked — now the entire country knows who she is.
A massive manhunt is underway to find three men suspected in the roadside shooting death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz. And thanks to Kristin, that search was delayed five hours as police mobilized 85 law enforcement officers, 11 K-9 units, and three air support units in response to her tip, CBS Chicago reported.
Needless to say, Fox Lake police are very disappointed.
“Initially, Kiefer maintained her accounts of the events were factual. Through further investigation… it was learned Kiefer lied about the entire account of her events.”
What would possess someone to send police on a wild goose chase for people suspected of shooting a beloved local cop to death? The answer is simple: attention.
Kiefer’s tall tale went something like this: She was driving on a local road near Fox Lake when she pulled over due to car trouble. That’s when she saw two men in a cornfield — one white, one black — who then tried to break into her car. She ran away, then called police to tell them she may have seen the Fox Lake shooting suspects.
Naturally, police mobilized in response. But soon, the woman admitted that she made up the story “as she wanted attention from a family where she is employed as a nanny,” authorities said. She also picked the location of her fake sighting specifically because it was so close to Fox Lake and was well aware of the fatal shooting that took place there Tuesday.
“It’s very disappointing that our resources could have been used somewhere else this afternoon and this evening, and several hours were wasted here today,” said Lake County Sheriff’s Det. Christopher Covelli.
For her trouble, Kristin has now earned herself a criminal record. She’s been arrested and charged with two counts disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report. Sadly, she isn’t the first woman whose loose lips have gotten her in trouble; a student recently made insensitive comments about another cop shooting, as the Inquisitr previously reported.
Meanwhile, police still haven’t found the three men responsible for shooting of Gliniewicz, a 30-year-vetern of the force who has been called the best officer Fox Lake had in decades. He was found Tuesday, shot to death in a swampy area near an old cement plant after chasing three unknown people, NBC News reported.
Police are now examining the memory card from a deer camera found in the woods and have some surveillance footage from security cameras from nearby homes and an industrial area. One hundred officers are continuing to hunt for the suspects.
Meanwhile, a beloved officer is dead and his community, wife, and children are left to mourn him as his comrades hunt for his killers. A lakeside vigil was held Wednesday to remember the cop nicknamed “G.I. Joe,” the Chicago Tribune reported, and his wife, Mel, addressed the crowd, their four sons at her side.
“I want to start out expressing my deepest gratitude to my tried and true, my blood and my blue. We all lost somebody yesterday. A husband, a father, a son, a brother, a mentor, a leader, a role model and a friend. And of course, a brother in blue. Joe was my best friend, my world, my hero, the love of my life for the last 26 and a half years. He was my rock as much as I was his rock. Every night, he came home to me.”
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