Couple charged after staging murder scene as practical joke
SANDUSKY, Ohio (WJW) -- A Sandusky couple is in trouble with the law after they staged a murder scene as a practical joke, police say.
It happened Thursday night, just before 10 p.m., at a home in the 600 block of Meigs Street.
Sandusky police officers rushed there after receiving reports that a homicide had occurred in the home.
Once officers arrived, however, they determined the home's residents, Nataleigh Schlette and Micah Risner, had faked a death.
The couple allegedly sent a photo on Facebook Messenger, depicting Schlette as the victim of homicide. Several concerned friends called police, not knowing it was a hoax.
Both Schlette and Risner are charged with inducing panic.
Additional charges could be filed.