Published On: Thu, Sep 3rd, 2015

Kristin Kiefer charged in misleading police during Illinois manhunt,

An Illinois woman is in hot water as police searching for the suspected killers of an Illinois officer said early Thursday that the manhunt was diverted by the woman who lied about seeing two suspicious men near the scene of the murder.

Kristin Kiefer, 30, has been charged with disorderly conduct and falsifying a police report. Authorities said she was being held at the Lake County jail pending a bond hearing.

Police said they responded to a 911 call made by Kiefer at approximately 9:20 p.m. local time Wednesday in Volo, about 5 miles south of Fox Lake, where Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz was fatally shot Tuesday after he pursued three suspicious men into a swamp.

Kristin Kiefer

Kristin Kiefer

Kiefer told police she had pulled over to the side of the road with car trouble when she saw two men, one white and one black, near a cornfield. She claimed they tried to get into her car, but fled because they feared she was going to call the police.

Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli says about 85 federal, state and local law enforcement officials responded to the scene after Kiefer’s report. They were joined by 11 police dogs and three air support units in the search, which lasted approximately five hours. The FBI has also been involved in this manhunt.

“It’s very disappointing because our resources could have been used somewhere else,” Lake County Sheriff’s Detective Christopher Covelli said early Thursday morning.

Kiefer later admitted she fabricated the story because she was looking for attention, Covelli said.

Law enforcement officers have been searching nonstop for three men suspected of killing Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz on Tuesday. The suspects have been described only as two white men and one black man.

Critics have begun to question the barrage of police presence, door-to-door searches by armed officers, large machinery — all of which looks like war zone and not a manhunt for three “faceless” and “nameless” men.

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz

Lt. Joe Gliniewicz


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  1. Smarter than Kristin says:

    Kristin Kiefer…..now THERE’S a real smart cookie.

  2. Detective Andrew Jones says:

    Really??? Critics have criticized the investigation? Have really said looks like a war zone? Nameless, faceless? In case this is not clear, our job is to put the name and face on the criminal and the way that is done is by using manpower and hours of bush beating. I would suggest you let the professionals, like me who have been away from home for days now, do the police work. It would appear you are having enough difficulty completing your day job.

    • Brandon Jones says:

      Det. Andrew Jones:

      Let’s be clear, the issue is not with the boots on the ground, but the fact the names and photos of these are either not known or not released. Either way, exclusion of the public is irresponsible and could put others at risk.

      Based on the photos/coverage, some are taking offense to the police response which looks like a war effort in Afghanistan

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