In a story that seems destined to be on “Dateline” sooner rather than later, a Franklin, North Carolina woman has been arrested and accused of faking her own murder. 37-year-old, Margaret Frances “Maggie” Elizabeth Sweeney was arrested on Aug. 21 and charged with causing a false report to a police station, false report of death or serious injury by telephonic communication and obstructing law enforcement officers.
It is purported that Sweeney anonymously informed a friend and the Department of Social Services that she was murdered. Sweeney was reported missing on August 18. Following a search by Franklin Police, she was found safe a day later. The reason for the arrest stems from the belief that authorities were led (falsely) to initially conclude Sweeney was endangered or dead.
Here’s where the story starts to beg for Keith Morrison. At this time, this is all we really know. Franklin Police Chief Devin Holland told NewsNation‘s Dan Abrams, “At this time, we have not had any follow-up interviews with Miss Sweeney. Once she was arrested, she was released on her own recognizance, and we have not had any contact with her since.”
This means there’s still not been any motive reported at this time although the usually suspects (domestic issues, mental trauma) have definitely been speculated. All we know for sure is that Maggie Sweeney of Franklin, North Carolina has been arrested for faking her own murder. Stay tuned.