Police: Woman lied about spotting suspects in Fox Lake manhunt

VOLO, Ill. (STMW) -  A north suburban woman who made a phony report to authorities that she spotted two suspects in the Fox Lake cop-killer manhunt late Wednesday was ordered held on a $100,000 bond.

About 9:20 p.m., Kristin B. Kiefer called police and claimed she had been driving north on Route 12 south of Route 120 in Volo when she had to pull over for car trouble, sheriff’s office spokesman Detective Chris Covelli said.

The 30-year-old woman reported seeing two men near a cornfield on the side of the road who then tried to steal her vehicle but ran into the cornfield when they thought she was calling police, Covelli said.

At least 85 federal, state and local law enforcement authorities arrived and searched the area along with 11 canine and three air units for about five hours, police said. Nothing was found.

Kiefer eventually admitted fabricating the story “as she wanted attention from a family where she is employed as a nanny,” Covelli said.

She chose the site because it was just miles away from the site of the slaying of Fox Lake Police Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, which has spurred a massive manhunt for three suspects in the attack since Tuesday morning.

Kiefer, of the 0-100 block of Tanwood Court in Vernon Hills, faces two counts of disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report, one of them a felony. She was ordered held on a $100,000 bond Thursday, and is next schedule to appear in court Sept. 10.