WARSAW, Ind. — An Indiana man was being held Tuesday after police said he falsely accused an area officer of killing a Tennessee woman who has been missing for two years.
Michael Roy Wiggins was being held on $100,000 bond in the Kosciusko County Jail. A jail officer said he didn’t know if the 32-year-old North Webster resident had an attorney.
Wiggins was arrested Monday on preliminary charges of obstruction of justice and false informing, The Journal Gazette reported.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations contacted North Webster Town Marshal Greg Church in May concerning an email the agency received from Wiggins. Church then contacted Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department detectives.
Police said Wiggins sent an email alleging a North Webster officer took his squad car to Tennessee in April 2011, where he used tranquilizers to incapacitate a nursing student named Holly Bobo. The email said the officer then abducted and killed Bobo and buried her body at a farm in northern Indiana.
Police in Kosciusko County said the officer accused by Wiggins had arrested him on drunken driving charges eight days before Wiggins emailed Tennessee police. Sheriff’s detectives said they verified that the officer was on duty and taking calls on the date Wiggins alleged that the officer was in Tennessee.
Bobo was last seen April 13, 2011, when her brother said he saw a man in hunting clothes leading the 20-year-old into the woods around the family home outside Parsons, about 125 miles northeast of Memphis.
Investigators briefly resumed the search for Bobo in April after dogs at her hometown of Parsons, Tenn., found a purse in the nearby hills, but Bobo’s mother said the purse did not belong to her daughter.
Shortly thereafter, private investigator Sheila Wysocki offered the Bobo family the resources of her nonprofit group Without Warning: Fight Back.