Toledo, Ohio An attorney and former city councilwoman was getting treatment after admitting she fabricated her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint last week, her husband said Tuesday. Police said she probably will be charged with filing a false report.
Karyn McConnell Hancock, who was found Saturday in Georgia, never was abducted outside Toledo's juvenile court building last Wednesday or forced into a vehicle, police Capt. Ray Carroll said.
Instead, she drove by herself from Toledo to the Atlanta area, where she was found outside an amusement park, investigators said.
The 35-year-old Hancock had been having psychological issues for several years, her husband, Lawrence Hancock, said at a news conference. The couple have a 3-year-old son and she is six months pregnant with their second child.
"She experienced a meltdown and attempted to handle those matters without the assistance of professional help," he said. "Karyn elected to leave everything because she felt that she was unable to continue."
He said her doctor recommended she not take part in the news conference "as she continues to undergo professional treatment."
In the first few hours after her disappearance, her husband said, he thought she may have just needed to get away and figured she would come home soon. He did file a police report that night.
Then on Thursday afternoon, his wife called him, saying she had been abducted and thought she was going to die. "She told me don't let her son forget her and that she loved me," he said.
She was found Saturday near Atlanta. Police said she recanted the abduction story Monday after meeting with investigators.