Police File Charges Against NY Woman Who Went Missing From Campsite Weeks Ago

The story of Rachael Mattice — the 24-year-old who disappeared from her parents’ campsite — raced across the internet from the day she disappeared on June 23rd until she reappeared, safe, just over two weeks later.

Found safe 6/27/16 – Rachael Lynn Mattice, 24, from Fulton County is missing from Wells, New York since June 22nd. Her…

Posted by Missing Persons of America on Monday, June 27, 2016

The account Mattice related when she returned home involved a kidnapping, imprisonment, and assault. She described an older man and a shed where she had been held against her will. She even detailed her kidnapper’s appearance for a police sketch artist.

But New York police officers are now saying that Mattice’s story is exactly that: a story. William Keeler, Troop G commander explained:

“Nothing Mattice said happened. It’s all made up.”

Police say that a man came forward, saying that he gave Mattice a ride to another camp in Canada Lake, NY, which was owned by a relative of her boyfriend.

Mattice is sticking to her story, however, and her mother says “her personality” would not allow her to invent such a story:

Her story — and the resulting search for her abductor — cost the state of New York an amount “well into the six-figures” while they chased down nearly 400 leads. Locals held vigils, and she was listed in a Facebook “missing persons” community.

Mattice has been charged with a misdemeanor and is set to appear in court again in August.

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