(KMOV.com) – A 21-year-old woman faces charges of filing a false police report after authorities from multiple departments say she sent them on a search for a missing victim that wasn’t ever in danger.
According to Maryland Heights police, the suspect –whose name has not been released- was at Pointfest Sunday at the Verizon Amphitheater.
During the music festival, the suspect reportedly left to go into the woods with several other adults and smoke marijuana.
While in the woods, she allegedly slipped and fell into a creek. When her companions reportedly began laughing and walked away, the woman got upset and left the festival.
While walking down a nearby road, she was spotted by a passing driver who offered her a ride- noting she was covered in water and seemed upset.
The driver took her to a nearby hospital where she told staff she had been abducted by three men and taken into the woods.
She said the men took her and her sister and tried to drown them in the creek after assaulting them.
She also said the last she saw of her sister she was drifting down the creek face down in the water.
Authorities began a frantic search for the missing sister, with multiple departments assisting.
Pattonville dedicated 15 firefighters to the search, Maryland Heights had six officers looking for the victim and the suspects and the county helicopter was put on standby.
During the response, the suspect’s story began to unravel. Her sister was discovered to have been at work all day, and not present at the festival.
According to police, the woman eventually admitted she was supposed to meet her boyfriend later in the day and given the events at the festival, she made up the story to cover up what happened.
Police are extremely upset about the wasted resources, and the woman faces a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report.