John Darwin the English man who faked his disappearance while canoing has nothing on Karyn McConnell Hancock. (LINK) Hancock, 35, a Toledo Ohio attorney and former city councilwoman admitted that she fabricated her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint last week. She will probably be charged with filing a false report according to Police Chief Mike Navarre. Karyn McConnell Hancock was found Saturday in Georgia. Her story of being abducted outside Toledo's juvenile court building last Wednesday and forced into a vehicle are all fabrications according to police Capt. Ray Carroll.
Karyn is six-month pregnant and has a three year old son. She turned up in Atlanta after disappearing for four days. She had driven herself from Toledo to the Atlanta area, where she was found outside an amusement park. Hancock had been having psychological issues for several years according to her husband, Lawrence Hancock. In the first few hours after her disappearance, her husband said she may have just needed to get away. (Sounds a little like Drew Peterson's statement after Stacy disappeared! LINK )
On Thursday afternoon, his wife called him, saying she had been abducted. The family went on national television asking for help and community members gathered at churches to pray. (Prayers answered.) Hancock's father, C. Allen McConnell, is a Toledo Municipal Court judge. Lawrence Hancock is bishop of Final Harvest Church. The family had said they believed the purported kidnapping had something to do with a case McConnell handled before he was a judge. The family also said both the judge and his daughter had received threatening calls.
McConnell said the calls were real and "still of great concern to the family."
Why would Karyn McConnell Hancock fake her disappearance? Besides being mentally distressed, a former client recently sued her for allegedly failing to give him a $10,000 accident settlement. Lawrence Hancock said he wasn't sure if the lawsuit or the suspicious calls triggered her actions. Legal Pub has another theory: FAME. Robert Hawkins reminded us how high the cost of fame can be... LINK.