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Port Wentworth Woman Wanted for Faking Crime

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Mary Steptoe was indicted by a Chatham County Grand Jury Mary Steptoe was indicted by a Chatham County Grand Jury
Port Wentworth, GA -

It's a case of crying wolf.  

An entire community is breathing a little easier knowing there is "not" a rapist on the loose.  

Port Wentworth Police say the alleged victim lied about the crime.

Back in March, Mary Steptoe called police claiming someone broke into her home and attacked her.

Detectives started investigating the case, taking her story, and even creating a sketch of the suspect.

The sketch was sent out to the city. Various media outlets, even we here at News 3 aired a warning to the public about the alleged attacker.  

But as the investigation continued, Steptoe's story started to fall apart.

"When we picked that up, it was immediately apparent that something wasn't quite right," said Sgt Steven Holmes of the Port Wentworth Police Department. "There were several discrepancies with what she said happened and what was actually captured on the 911 audio."

"She scared a lot of people. She frightened a lot of people," said Port Wentworth Mayor Glenn Jones. "She frightened a lot of people for no reason, and I'd want to ask her why she did it."
 
"People were worried," said Holmes "People were scared that, oh my God, there's a serial rapist out here in Port Wentworth, and what are the police doing to catch this guy? The truth of the matter is we were doing everything we could. Can't catch somebody who doesn't exist."
 
News 3 dug deeper into Mary Steptoe's past.  

An incident report from Garden City in 2004 where Steptoe claimed a man was waiting in her car with a knife, and tried to rob her.  

No suspect or evidence was ever found in that incident either, and the case was closed without any arrests ever being made.

Here is another look at Mary Steptoe.  

Investigators believe she could still be in the area, or possibly in Clarksville, Tennessee.  

If you can help find Mary Steptoe call Port Wentworth Police or Crimestoppers at 912-234-2020.

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