A woman was charged this morning with falsifying a report about suspicious men near the Illinois town where a police officer was shot and killed, authorities said.
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A manhunt continues for the three suspects responsible for the death of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who was shot and killed Tuesday in the Chicago suburb of Fox Lake.
According to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office press release, Kristin B. Kiefer, 30, called police at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday to report that two men approached her car in the town of Volo, but later fled into a cornfield.
Federal, state and local authorities spent five hours searching the area – but no one was located.
Kiefer later admitted that she fabricated the account, the sheriff’s office said, because “she wanted attention from a family where she was employed as a nanny.”
“Additionally, she indicated she chose this location to fabricate the event, as she was aware of the death of a police officer in the area,” the press release states.
Kiefer was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report, and is currently being held in jail pending a bond hearing, authorities said.
Earlier Wednesday, hundreds of people gathered at a Fox Lake park for a vigil in memory of Gliniewicz.
The officer's widow, Melanie Gliniewicz, took to a stage in Lakefront Park surrounded by her sons. She thanked the people attending the vigil and those offering their support and prayers.
"My world got a little bit smaller with his passing, and he will truly be missed by all of us," she said, adding her husband was her "best friend, my hero, the love of my life for the last 26 and half years."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.