Police: Acid attack a hoax; Bethany Storro threw acid on herself

28-year-old Bethany Storro, who appeared on numerous news programs after claiming she was attacked by an unknown Black woman in Washington state on August 30, could now faces charges of her own after investigators found her story was completely false. (See video below)

Bethany Storro photographed in her hospital bed after her alleged attack.
Bethany Storro photographed in her hospital bed after her alleged attack.

“A woman approached her and said, ‘Hey pretty girl,’ and she turned around and she asked if she wanted something to drink, and my daughter said, ‘No,'” recounted Nancy Neuwelt, Storro’s mother, to news reporters days after the attack. She said the woman then threw a cup of liquid in Storro’s face.

A heavily bandaged Storro appeared on “Good Morning America” from her hospital bed and described her attack in detail, “It was like it almost didn’t hurt right away because of the panic, you know, like, what just happened, and you’re so focused on that, and then once I let it soak in I could start to feel it burning through my flesh.” She added that she had bought a pair of sunglasses just minutes before, which protected her eyes.

Bethany Storro, in an undated photo, before she mutilated her face with acid.
Bethany Storro, in an undated photo, before she mutilated her face with acid.

Police say they were suspicious of Storro’s story from the beginning. In an interview with “Good Morning America” Vancouver, Wash., police commander Marla Schuman said police had their doubts about the attack “from the beginning”. Adding, “Initially just the manner of the attack, when she’s talking about being splashed in the face with acid and the demarcation, the placement of injuries on her face… the thought that she was wearing sunglasses at 7:30 at night when she normally doesn’t wear sunglasses. Just small things that didn’t quite add up to a picture of normalcy.

On Thursday Storro admitted to investigators that her story was a lie. She told them she splashed the acid on herself.

The story of Storro’s horrifying attack grabbed headlines nationwide with donations flooding a fund that had been set up for her.

Police aren’t speculating on would have motivated Storro to disfigure herself. Prosecutors are investigating whether Storro accessed any of the money from the donations, which could lead to fraud charges. In the meantime, Storro in still faces a possible charge for filing a false report.

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