Who Is Margaret Sweeney? The ‘Missing’ Woman Charged For Faking Her Murder

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Margaret Sweeney, 37, has been charged for faking her murder – her case likened to that of 25-year-old Carlee Russell.

One month ago, Carlee Russell made headlines for allegedly staging her own abduction, only to return to her parent’s home shortly after. The 25-year-old Alabama nursing student became the focus of a nationwide search after she reportedly stopped her car on the side of the road one night after reportedly seeing a toddler walking on the road alone. After a thorough investigation by authorities, Carlee faked her kidnap and faced charges.

It happens that she isn’t the only woman with such motives. Missing woman Margaret Sweeney has been charged for falsely reporting own murder. 

Police Chief Devin Holland revealed “domestic issues with the boyfriend” could be behind the alleged hoax. Below is everything to know about her case.

Missing woman Margaret Sweeney charged for falsely reporting own murder: cops
Missing woman Margaret Sweeney charged for falsely reporting own murder. PHOTO: FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

A North Carolina woman who was recently reported missing is now facing charges surrounding her disappearance. 

On Friday, the Franklin Police Department shared a Facebook post stating that Margaret Frances “Maggie” Elizabeth Sweeney was listed as a missing person. By Monday, the woman was not only found but arrested. 

According to an update by the department, the 37-year-old is facing several offenses, including causing false report to a police station, false report of death or serious injury by telephonic communication, and obstructing law enforcement officers.

The Franklin Police Department revealed that officers immediately began searching for the North Carolina resident after a report “which alluded that Sweeney was endangered or deceased.”

The following day, Sweeney was discovered to be safe. Though the woman was found unharmed, the investigation into what caused the missing person’s report to be filed continued. According to the Franklin Police Department, Sweeney allegedly “made anonymous third-party false reports to a friend and the Department of Social Services that she had been murdered.” 

The police department continued: “Sweeney’s actions caused our department, as well as other departments, many hours of work which could have been spent on other matters. Family, friends, and the community as a whole were also very concerned and worried about Sweeney’s welfare.”

Missing woman Margaret Sweeney charged for falsely reporting own murder. PHOTO: FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT
Missing woman Margaret Sweeney charged for falsely reporting own murder. FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT

On Tuesday, local NBC affiliate WYFF-4 shared that Sweeney was found Saturday in a neighboring town not far from where she was reported missing. 

“Everything at the moment seemed legitimate” at first, Franklin Police Chief Devin Holland told WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. After a deputy located Sweeney by pinging her phone, she reportedly told him she was unaware that people were looking for her. Authorities reportedly found those claims to be untrue. Holland added that he is unsure what caused her to allegedly say she was in danger, but that “it does appear there was some domestic issues with the boyfriend.”

It’s unclear if Sweeney has an attorney who can comment on her behalf.