Talbott had been reported missing hours earlier by her fiancé who had found her car with the driver's door open and all her belongings still in the car. According to Buzzfeed News, the teenager gave police a detailed account of what had taken place and how she had been abducted by three black males who wore ski masks. She then added that they took her into the woods and two of them raped her while the other held her down.
The police immediately began an investigation into the allegations, but after medical examinations were done on Talbott doctors found no sign that the teenager had been raped. This then prompted police to interview her again to make sure she was telling the truth.
During this interrogation she admitted that she had lied about the abduction and rape because she felt she had nowhere else to go. She also admitted that the scene at the church was staged and that her scars were all self-inflicted. The case was immediately dismissed and the 18-year-old charged for reporting a false crime.
PHOTO: Denison Police Department. Close family and friends of the teenager were especially angry at her actions because they had already posted online and even opened a GoFundMe for her as the victim of a crime, which had already raised up to $2 300 (R 28 750).
Her close family member then posted an apology to everyone who donated and expressed that she was livid with the teenager.
According to Buzzfeed, Denison police called Talbott’s lies an insult to their town and especially offensive to the African-American community.
“The anger and hurt caused from such a hoax are difficult and all so unnecessary,” their statement read.
Sources: Buzzfeed, Facebook