BELPRE - A Belpre woman was charged Friday with three first-degree misdemeanor counts of falsification by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, officials said.
Patsy L. Hasley, 2408 Hanvey Ave., Belpre, was issued a summons to appear in Marietta Municipal Court on the falsification counts, said Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Hasley is accused of providing false information to deputies investigating the disappearance of the alleged drowning of 22-year-old Carl Austin Travis of Parkersburg.
According to detectives, Hasley anonymously called the Wood County 911 Center on April 13 alleging the father of her grandchild was responsible for the disappearance of the Parkersburg man.
Travis, on leave from the Navy, was registered at the Lafayette Hotel in Marietta when he disappeared on Feb. 13. His body was discovered in the Ohio River on April 12, about seven miles south of Marietta, according to reports.
Mincks said Sunday investigators were unable to locate the man allegedly implicated in the disappearance, leading them to trace the 911 call back to Hasley.
"We had not received autopsy results on the body at that time, so we took that call seriously and began an investigation, trying to find the man she had implicated," Mincks said.
Mincks said Hasley later admitted to investigators she had falsely accused her grandchild's father as being responsible for the disappearance. The father, whose name was not disclosed, apparently had visiting rights with the child on April 14.
The child is under Hasley's care and she tried to prevent the visitation by implicating the father in the death of Travis, Mincks said.
Hasley was formally charged Friday. Mincks said she will be held responsible for the three misdemeanor falsification charges and made to pay at least $438 to recover wages paid to officers following the false lead at the time of the investigation.
Mincks said Monday there was no new information on the case and the woman was to appear in Marietta Municipal Court.