Bethany Storro's Acid Attack Hoax: Could Storro Be Charged?
Could Bethany Storro Be Charged For the Acid Attack Hoax?
Bethany Storro has not spoken to the media since the news broke that her alleged acid attack was actually self-inflicted so questions are being raised as to how somebody could throw acid in their own face and then lie to the public about what happened.
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Many are also wondering if Bethany Storro could be charged for her actions as she wasted a lot of police time and resources looking for a suspect that did not exist.
She has not been charged with anything at this time, but Cmdr. Marla Schuman told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that Storro could be charged as the investigation was 'incredibly expensive and wasted a lot of valuable resources'.
Once police conclude their investigation then the case will be handed over to Clark County prosecutors and they will be the ones to determine if any charges will be brought against Storro. She will most likely be charged with filing a false police report according to OregonLive.com.
Her mental state will also have to be examined to try and determine why Storro would permanently disfigure herself in this brutal manner.
Storro recently divorced and moved from Idaho back in with her parents. She had just started a job at an area Safeway.
"She is extremely upset and remorseful," Schuman said. "This got much bigger than she expected."
When the investigation was first opened, police did have a hard time finding any witnesses and no one recalled the alleged attacker Storro described. She said she was celebrating her new job and had just bought herself a pair of sunglasses, when an African American woman in her early 30s approached her, said 'hey pretty girl, do you want to drink this?' before throwing a cup of acid in her Storro's face.
Police say they have no idea why Storro would describe her attacker as African American.
When doctors started to examine her wounds more closely they found that the burn patterns were similar to something being poured or rubbed into the skin, not throw directly into the face. The burn pattern also seemed to reach above the sunglasses line.
"Forensically, this is odd," Schuman recalled investigators thinking.
Bethany Storro was scheduled to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show on Thursday but canceled at the last minute, saying the show was going in a different direction from what she hoped.