Teen made up story about Maple Valley trail assault, police say

Teen made up story about Maple Valley trail assault, police say

The scene near where the girl claimed she was attacked.

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by TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 11:29 AM

A 15-year-old girl who told police she had been attacked and stabbed while jogging on a trail in Maple Valley last week now says she made the whole thing up, deputies said Thursday.

The girl claimed that she was attacked May 23 around 8 p.m. along the Lake Wilderness Trail. The girl said two men threw her down on the ground, tried to remove her shorts and stabbed her in the leg with a pocket knife, but that she managed to get away. She even helped investigators create a sketch of one of the suspects.

A schoolmate of the victim told KING 5 he received a call from the girl asking him to come help her. He said he carried the girl on his back out of the woods to paramedics.

A King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said detectives realized parts of the girl’s story didn’t add up with the evidence they found. When they confronted the girl about the discrepancy, she confessed that she lied.

"While it is unfortunate that the false report created anxiety and a great deal of work for our deputies, we are pleased that there is closure for the community and that the student finally did do the right thing," said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan.

Detectives would not say how they realized she was lying or what reason the girl gave for making up the story. They are working with prosecutors to decide if she will be charged for false reporting.

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