Ohio Attorney Found in Georgia Says She Made Up Kidnapping, Had a 'Meltdown'


TOLEDO, Ohio    A pregnant attorney who vanished for four days last week now says her tale of being kidnapped at gunpoint and taken to Georgia was fabricated, police said Tuesday.

Karyn McConnell Hancock, a former Toledo city councilwoman, had disappeared Wednesday and was found Saturday near Atlanta. Her husband said Monday that his 35-year-old wife, six months pregnant with her second child, claimed she was kidnapped by two men and a woman.

Police would not discuss a motive, but Hancock's husband Lawrence Hancock said his wife has been having a meltdown for several years.

"She experienced a meltdown and attempted to handle those matters without the assistance of professional help or others. Karyn elected to leave everything because she felt that she was unable to continue," he said.

Police said at a news conference Tuesday that she recanted the story Monday after eight hours of questioning. Hancock will likely be charged with making a false police report, said Police Chief Mike Navarre.

Hancock's father, C. Allen McConnell, is a Toledo Municipal Court judge, and her husband is bishop of Final Harvest Church in Toledo. The husband had said earlier that he believed the purported kidnapping had something to do with a case McConnell handled before he was a judge.

He had said his wife called him from a restaurant pay phone Thursday afternoon, saying "they have me." She said she thought she was going to die and "told me don't let her son forget her and that she loved me," he said.

Hancock was found after she flagged down a motorist near at Six Flags in Austell, Ga., and the motorist called police, authorities had said. Her car was found nearby.

One of the attorney's former clients recently filed a lawsuit against her, accusing her of taking money from him that he was owed from an accident settlement.

Lawrence Hancock said he wasn't sure if the lawsuit triggered her actions.