Purported victim admits her abduction and sexual assault were fabrications

Rock Springs, WY (KGWN) - From the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office:

Detective Sergeant John Grossnickle of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office said investigators became skeptical of the young woman’s account as the investigation progressed. They re-interviewed her on Tuesday once preliminary crime lab tests were completed and the results reported.

“She admitted that the incident never happened,” said Grossnickle. He declined any additional comment due to the young woman’s status as a juvenile and the fact that the case will be referred to the Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office for consideration of False Reporting to Authorities charges.

In the account she provided county authorities, the young woman said she was jogging in the residential area generally west of Yellowstone Road around 6:30 PM on May 10 when a white four-door pickup, possibly a Dodge Ram, cut her off and forced her into a ditch.

She said that the driver, whom she described as a heavyset white male 35-45 years of age with thinning hair, a beard, and a moustache, forced her into the pickup at knifepoint and drove out in the desert, where he sexually assaulted her and left her on foot.

“This case generated a great deal of understandable concern in the community and impacted the lives of many,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective Dick Blust said. “For their sake, we want to be crystal clear on this: there was no abduction, no assault, and no suspect.”

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