Posted on | December 3, 2012 | 14 Comments
Steven Michael Fabi (left) and Leigh Swanson (right)
The Midland County sheriff’s department says 30-year-old Steven Michael Fabi was found dead Tuesday in a bedroom of a home in Edenville Township, in the Sanford area. Authorities say he apparently fatally shot himself as deputies were walking up to his house to investigate Swanson’s disappearance. . . .
Sheriff Jerry Nielsen has said Swanson called her mother from the man’s house on November 18th, two days after she left for the date.
Who was Steven Michael Fabi? We don’t know much about him yet, except that he was the prime suspect in the death of Swanson, whose body was found in woods near the house where Fabi lived with his family. A tip led police to Fabi’s house:
As two deputies arrived at the home, Nielsen said, they heard a loud “boom.”
A man came out of the house, according to the sheriff, and told deputies, “My son just shot himself.”
Swanson evidently had a premonition about Fabi:
“Leigh told me that she had a bad feeling about going on the date … I said, ‘don’t go,’” Swanson’s mother, Beverly Kane, explained.
“But when she got there … she called me … and said everything was OK,” her mother added.
You know when you get a spooky feeling about something? Trust that feeling. Maybe there’s not really anything to worry about, but it’s always better to be safe than to be a dead body in the woods. And let’s talk a bit about this online dating thing:
The social networking website where Leigh Swanson may have met the man who police believe killed her is working with authorities in the investigation.
“We are working closely with the Midland County Sheriff’s department to assist in their investigation of this tragic incident,” said Robin Shallow, MeetMe.com’s executive vice president of communications and public relations, in a statement.
Family told media Swanson met 30-year-old Steven Michael Fabi at MeetMe.com.
Obviously, it would be wrong to blame the proprietors of MeetMe.com for the death of Leigh Swanson, just as it would be wrong to suggest that every guy who uses the Internet to meet women is a potentially dangerous creepazoid. On the other hand, you have to ask yourself, “If Ted Bundy were alive today, how would he stalk his prey?”