The Union County Sheriff said Wednesday that there is not a rapist running around the community of Lockhart following an alleged abduction and attack in June.
Sheriff David Taylor held a press conference to update the public on his office's investigation, which he said has shown that things did not happen the way the victim reported them.
On June 21, a Lockhart woman told deputies she woke up naked along the side of the road after being attacked and abducted by two unknown men.
Deputies said the woman was home when two
unknown males entered her house about 4:30 p.m. and knocked her
unconscious. She told investigators she did not know what they knocked
her out with.
Union County Sheriff David Taylor said the
woman talked to her mom on the phone about 4 p.m. and thinks the attack
might have happened about 4:30 p.m.
The woman woke up near the Lockhart dam, covered
herself in mud and walked to find help before ending up on someone's front porch, deputies said.
Deputies said another woman found the victim on her front porch about 7:45 p.m., gave her a coat to wear and called 911.
When deputies searched the victim's home on the 21st, it had appeared to be ransacked, but Wednesday, Taylor said they believe the victim may have caused some of the damage herself.
Taylor said while deputies' and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division's investigation is not closed, several witnesses statements have contradicted the victim's initial reports.
He said witnesses saw the victim walking alone, fully clothed in a delusional state at the time of the alleged abduction and rape.
The sheriff wanted people to know there is no danger to anyone in the community and they are not seeking suspects in this case. Taylor said they will always investigate reported rapes and have spent hundreds of man hours on this case thus far.
Union County deputies are still waiting for information and results from SLED. Taylor said they are not ruling anything out, but he does not believe there was a rape.
Taylor said the victim is voluntarily seeking mental help and evaluation and his office will release further information from their investigation as it is available.
No charges have been filed in the case, but Taylor said charges could be filed as deputies' investigation continues.
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