A man made up a story about killing a hitchhiker and burying the body in the woods in an effort to persuade his wife to leave him, authorities said.
Teddy Claire Akin, 28, of Ocala, was charged Tuesday with making a false report and petit theft. He was being held without bail.
Akin's wife, Felicia, called the Marion County Sheriff's Office Monday to report that her husband had told her that he killed a hitchhiker, authorities said.
Akin told investigators he had picked up the hitchhiker, who wanted a ride to Tampa. He said he hit the man in the neck, causing him to gasp and make a gurgling sound, when the two got into an argument over how far Akin would drive him, authorities said.
Akin said he dumped the body in a forest near a gun range and kept the man's wallet, which contained the license of Utah resident Dennis Legrande Allen, authorities said.
Deputies searching the area Akin described with dogs and an air unit failed to find a body Monday evening, Capt. Thomas Bibb said.
Akin eventually told investigators that he was going through a divorce and had hoped the murder story would make his wife leave him, said Sue Livoti, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.
03 August 2005
I Killed a Man Just to Watch Him Die. Oh Wait, That Never Happened.
There's a book out these days titled He's Just Not That Into You. According to the editorial reviews on Amazon, the authors explain that men give mixed messages to the women they're with and advise women how to spot those telltale actions that men use to demonstrate that they are "just not into you". Perhaps "he falsely claims to have killed a hitchhiker and buried the body in the woods just to persuade you to leave him" will be included in He's Just Not That Into You, Volume II. From the Associated Press: