According to Denison Police, 18-year-old Breana Harmon Talbott had earlier this month given a dramatic story about her abduction and rape by three black men. On March 8, the Texas teenager went into a dennison church, clad only in a shirt and underwear. She was bloody and was scratched and cut. The story she told turns out to be fabricated.

The Texas teen was reported missing

Earlier that same day, Talbott’s fiancé, Sam Hollingsworth, had contacted police to report her missing. Hollingsworth told them he had found her car, with the door open, parked at an apartment complex and that her keys and phone had been found close by.

This led to Denison police officers frantically searching for the Texas teen for around three hours.

When Talbott was eventually found at the church, she told police that three “black males” in ski masks had kidnapped her. She said the men took her into the woods and raped her. Police did search the woods and say they found clothing and other effects belonging to the teenager. However, from there on, her story just didn’t hold.

Lt. Mike Eppler of the Denison Police told USA Today that there were things about her story that just didn’t add up. According to Eppler, the crime scene appeared to have been staged. When a medical examination was made, Talbott’s body showed no evidence of sexual assault.

Social media attention for Texas teen

When her story first came out, Talbott’s alleged rape gained a lot of attention on social media. The story was particularly picked up by white nationalist groups on social media, who used the story as an example of double standards in the media relating to white crime victims.

Two weeks later, Texas teenager confesses

It has been more than two weeks since the alleged abduction and rape and now Talbott has opened up to confess that the kidnapping and rape story it was a hoax. The injuries she had were apparently self-inflicted. She was in the Grayson County Jail for a short while but was released on Thursday.

However, she is facing a misdemeanor charge for giving a false report to the police.

Police chief Jay Burch called the rape hoax an insult to their community and that it was particularly insulting to the African-American community, adding the story caused much anger and hurt. According to a report by the Dallas News Eppler says it is still unclear why Talbott invented the story and said there were no other suspects in relation to the hoax.