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…
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:
— Wendy Liberatore (@wendyliberatore) July 23, 2016
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.