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Woman’s fake kidnapping to cover up a friend to kill, police say

Sharlyn Stura, 57, reportedly did her own abduction to cover up her friend’s killing, police said.

(Prescott Police)

An Arizona woman reportedly did her own abduction to cover up her friend’s killing, police said.

Sharalyn Stura, 57, Prescott, Arizona, was held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Jay Michael Freeman, 66, a Prescott Police spokesman Dave Fuller said on Friday.

On Thursday, the Arizona Department of Public Safety discovered Stura in a vehicle at the Interstate 17 on Thursday morning with her hands tied to the steering wheel.

She told investigators an armed suspect kidnapped her from her home and forced her to drive to the recreational facilities in this area, but she was able to flee. She said that they drove to the interstate to get help.

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Fuller said officers searched Stura’s house and found Freeman’s body with a fatal gunshot wound.

Freeman was the owner of the house where he was found dead, the Daily Courier reported.

Officials said inconsistencies in the Stura’s statements led to her admitting to involvement in the Freeman’s death.

“It was determined that the story provided by Stura on the kidnapping of the suspect in general, it was entirely fabricated,” Fuller said.

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Fuller said Stura does not yet have a lawyer. The police said that no other suspects were sought.

“The Prescott Police Department owes Sheriff Mascher and all the members of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Department of Public Safety for their help and commitment of resources to this incident,” Fuller said. “All the efforts in the Montezuma’s Well and Rimrock areas were created on the basis of the information provided by what appeared to be a true account of a serious violent crime. We appreciate the patience and understanding of the residents of that area, as we were proceeding with the utmost care for their safety.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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