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Former Officer Arrested for Perjury in Amanda Lankey Case

Aug 23rd, 2012 - State News

The Newaygo County Prosecutor says it's a way to prove they are willing to hold one of their own accountable.

Candace Baumgartner-Wallis was arrested on two felony counts of perjury in the disappearance and murder of Amanda Lankey. In 2004, the then 14-year old girl was staying at the home of a friend. She never returned to her own home. Her body was found in July of 2004 in the Manistee National Forest.

Baumgartner-Wallis was a part-time police officer and city commissioner in White Cloud at the time. The family says Baumgartner-Wallis actually showed up at the home to deliver the news that Lankey had been found.

The Sheriff's department released a statement saying that the Prosecutor issued the charges. The two felony counts could land Baumgartner-Wallis in prison for the rest of her life.

Baumgartner-Wallis is the sister of a main suspect in the case. Cecil Wallace Sr. was inside the home where Lankey was staying that night. He later took his own life in 2011. At the time of his death, he was charged with sexually assaulting several teens going back to 1998.

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