On June 25, 2013, parish resident Miranda Miley, 36, a resident of Highway 424, made a criminal complaint to the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office, claiming that she was being stalked by Cortland “Kory” Runfalo.
According to Riley’s complaint, she met Runfalo two weeks earlier at Union Square in Bogalusa where she had gone for a drink with a female friend. She alleges that Runfalo was attracted to her and made advances to her. She informed him that she was happily married and not interested.
Miley alleged that Runfalo somehow obtained her cellular phone number and address and pursued her for the next two weeks. The pursuit went from texting Miley wanting to be her friend, to threatening to kidnap her. She went on to state that she had observed Runfalo prowling around her residence and that she was fearful of him. Deputies encouraged Miley to seek a protective order against Runfalo and the complaint was referred to Sheriff’s Office detectives who began a priority investigation into Miley’s allegations.
As advised by deputies, Miley went to the Clerk of Court’s Office and filed necessary paperwork to obtain an order of protection. The order was signed by a District Judge. Meanwhile, detectives went to work attempting to identify Runfalo, but could find no evidence that he actually existed.
Later that day, Miley made a 911 call from her residence alleging that Runfalo had forced entry into her residence, beat her with a blunt force object and physically attacked her. She alleged that she fired two shots at him with a rifle and he fled into the woods.
Eleven deputies from throughout the parish responded “Code 3” to Miley’s emergency call. A Code 3 response means that blue lights, sirens and speed were utilized. Upon arriving at Miley’s residence, deputies conducted a search and were unable to find any indication of an actual intruder.
Detectives who responded noted things about the alleged crime scene that did not seem realistic. Evidence indicated that the crime scene had been staged and detectives suspected that Miley was not being truthful.
Miley provided detectives with a picture of Kory Runfalo as well as his cellular telephone number. They determined that the cellular number was assigned to a track telephone which belonged to Miley and that the photograph of Runfalo was actually an internet image of a Russian entertainer named Tarkan.
As Miley’s story continued to fall apart, she was confronted with the evidence investigators had collected. She finally admitted that she had staged the entire incident, there was no stalker and she made up the entire story because she was having personal problems.
On June 27, 2013, Miley was arrested by Detective Captain Tommie Sorrell and Detective Lieutenant Glen McClendon and charged with Filing or Maintaining False Public Records and Criminal Mischief by improper use of 911. She was placed in the Washington Parish Jail and released later the same day on a $5,000 bond.
If convicted of Filing or Maintaining False Public Records, Miley faces the possibility of imprisonment for not more than five years or a fine of not more than five thousand dollars, or both.
If convicted of Criminal Mischief, she faces the possibility of being fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisonment in the parish jail for not more than six months, or both.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “This is a tragic situation which could have resulted in disastrous consequences for our officers and for the general public. Any ‘Code 3’ response has the potential of causing harm to our officers or others if something goes wrong. Ms. Miley’s actions not only put our officers and others at risk but also caused the Sheriff’s Office to expend human and financial resources on a false claim. I commend our deputies and detectives for their quick response and for their diligence in quickly unraveling Miley’s web of lies. While our officers showed great compassion and professionalism in working to protect Ms. Miley, she displayed gross disregard for the Sheriff’s Office and all citizens of Washington Parish.”