Police: Denver-area attorney lied about being kidnapped

WESTMINSTER – Westminster police say a Denver-area attorney lied to them about being kidnapped in March as well as when she inexplicably went missing in May.

Becky Keil, a civil attorney, has been charged with the attempt to influence a public servant and two counts of false reporting to authorities. She was arrested Friday.

9NEWS reported the alleged incident May 6, after Westminster police requested the media's help in finding Keil.

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At the time, police distributed Keil's picture, saying she'd been missing for 24 hours. Shortly after the story came out, Keil had been found safe in her car.

Westminster detectives told 9NEWS Keil was last seen leaving her son's Aurora-area home around 6 a.m. She missed several appointments and was reported missing by her son later in the evening.

Police told 9NEWS they were concerned because Keil had reportedly been a victim of a kidnapping in March.

According to a search warrant obtained my 9Wants to Know reporter Jeremy Jojola, in March of 2014, Westminster police responded to Keil's home on a possible burglary and kidnapping. Keil's husband called 911 and reported his wife had possibly been kidnapped and locked in the trunk of the car parked at their house. A family member found her.

Court records described Keil "sweating and weak." According to the search warrant, Keil told police "an unknown male had pulled her out of bed, struck her in the head and then locked her in the truck of the car in the garage."

Officers said Keil appeared to be reluctant to answer if she could think of any clients who might want to harm her.

Court records show Keil handled estate issues for the girl whose mother and uncle were killed in a murder for hire scheme. The girl's father Chris Wells is serving life in prison for murders. Wells hired several people to kill his soon-to-be ex-wife Amara Wells and brother-in-law Bob Rafferty.

The victim's family released the following statement:

"The family is greatly disappointed that Becky Keil, whom we considered a person of trust, would take advantage of us during a highly emotional and vulnerable period in our lives. Without knowing the full details, we hope that she gets the help necessary for whatever drove her to these actions."

A Westminster police search warrant says Keil's husband suspected Wells "might be involved because he was not happy with Becky's involvement in the estate case."

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Court record indicate Keil explains her unsatisfactory performance in the girl's estate case was because of on-going threats that she'd been receiving for two years.

Police found no solid evidence to link Wells to the incident.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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