KANSAS CITY — A woman who faked the birth of sextuplets to get financial support from her community is missing after walking away from a community release center on Friday.
Officials said Sarah Everson, 47, of Grain Valley, was seven months into her four-year sentence for felony stealing by deceit when she left the Kansas City Community Release Center to go on a job search and never returned.
A warrant has been issued for her arrest as an absconder. The state parole board will decide what to do with her after she is found.
Everson was paroled on Aug. 18 to the release center, where most people stay 45 to 90 days after leaving prison before they are put under the supervision of a parole officer, said Dean Watson, a spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Watson said that while at the release center, inmates look for work and come up with a housing plan for when they are allowed back into the community.
"They try to get back into the mainstream, and when they leave the facility, they are either looking for a job or going to a job," he said. "I don't know which one this was. She absconded at that time."
Everson and her husband, Kris, were living in the Kansas City suburb of Grain Valley in March 2006 when they made up the story about having sextuplets to tap the generosity of neighbors.
Community leaders in Grain Valley said the Eversons came to them, saying they had delivered six critically ill babies and needed help. The couple claimed the births were being kept secret by a court order because a family member was out to kill them.
Within days of the story appearing on the front of The Examiner newspaper in Independence, the couple admitted to reporters and police that the entire thing was a lie. They said they needed the cash.
They were sentenced in August 2006 to four years of probation after each pleaded guilty to one count of felony stealing by deceit. They were required to pay restitution of $3,661 and perform 40 hours of community service.
But warrants for the couple were issued after they failed to pay restitution and missed several probation violation hearings.
Sarah Everson was still missing when her husband was sentenced in December to three years in prison. She was arrested a week later in Independence on outstanding warrants and sentenced to four years.