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ASU Kidnapping "Fabricated" PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 10:24

Sheriff Mike Reece along with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced this morning the closing of the case of Matthew Burleson, who reported being kidnapped and shot a week ago today.

Sheriff Reece said his office and the TBI have completed investigative phase of this case, and are calling the case a fabrication.  Reece said investigators have spent nearly one week processing the evidence and following leads based on initial statements made by the ASU student. However, the sheriff said physical evidence shows that the statement given to authorities by Mr. Burleson could not be true. Late yesterday afternoon, investigators of the Johnson County Sheriffs Department sat down with Mr. Burleson and presented him with the physical evidence of the case, at which time Mr. Burleson confirmed that he had made the story up.
Burleson told investigators that he had fabricated the story due to the stresses of school and life in general. He stated that he “never wanted to kill” himself but thought this was a way out of the situation. 
Mr. Burleson continues to be treated for his injuries suffered from the incident. Charges in this case are pending


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