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Couple used ketchup to stage murder scene, sent photos to relatives, police say

Pair said it was a 'joke'
Posted: 12:00 PM, Mar 10, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-10 14:58:09-05
Police: Couple used ketchup to fake murder scene
Police: Couple used ketchup to fake murder scene

An Ohio couple is facing charges after police say they staged a fake murder scene with ketchup inside of a bathtub and sent photos to relatives on social media.

Police were sent to a home in Sandusky on Thursday night after receiving multiple calls regarding a possible homicide, according to a police report. 

Officer discovered Nataleigh Schlette and Micah Risner, who both said the incident was "joke" and a "hoax."

Schlette, 25, and Risner, 29, used Facebook Messenger to send a photo that depicted Schlette as the victim of a homicide, the police report said.

Both were charged with inducing panic. They pleaded not guilty to the charges Friday.