On March 8, 18-year-old Breana Harmon Talbott, who was reported missing by her fiancé, showed up at a local church in Denison, Texas, with visible scars on her body. She told police she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted in the woods behind the church by "three black males."
Police said they immediately investigated due to the severity of the allegations — but medical examiners could not corroborate her claims.
"Within only a day or two, detectives had doubts as to most of Talbott’s allegations," police chief Jay Burch said in a press release.
Then, on Wednesday evening, Talbott confessed to police that she fabricated the entire thing. Police are now calling her story a "hoax" and the allegations officially "unfounded." Talbott is facing criminal charges.
Lieutenant Mike Eppler told BuzzFeed News she admitted to the hoax during the investigation with detectives. "She felt like she had nowhere else to go," he said.
Denison police have filed a criminal case against Talbott for lying to them. She will specifically be facing charges of false report to a peace officer, a class B misdemeanor.
Police now believe the scene at the church, where Talbott showed up with scars and minimal clothing, was completely staged. Talbott admitted she had caused the injuries to her body.