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Did this woman take advantage of Shania Twain as part of the ultimate betrayal? TimesUnion.com screenshot
TimesUnion.com screenshot

Two weeks ago, Shania Twain was heralded as a hero for playing her part in helping an abducted woman find her way home. Now it seems like it may have all been an elaborate ruse.

Rachael Lynn Mattice, the woman Shania asked the public to help find, has been accused of making up her abduction and was arrested Friday in Mayfield, New York and charged by authorities with third-degree falsely reporting an incident, which is a misdemeanor.

According to “Times Union,” State Police Maj. William Keeler said troopers became suspicious about Rachael’s story early on — particularly when doctors evaluated her after she returned home and determined she had not been injured.

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The 24-year-old Rachael left her parents home on June 22 and headed to her family’s camp in the Adirondacks. After not having contact with his daughter for two days, her worried father drove to the Wells camp. While his daughter’s vehicle was there, there was no sign of Rachael herself. Troopers were called in and searched the area extensively but to no avail.

According to the “Huffington Post,” one week later on June 29, one of Rachael’s friends reached out to Shania on Instagram asking for help finding her.

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“You are Rachaels favorite country artist. She absolutely adores you. Her parents use to call her Shania when she was little because she would sing your music all the time. She had every tape, cd, knows every lyric to every song. I’m reaching out to you in hopes that you can make one of Rachael’s dreams come true by sending a message out to her.”

Shania responded with several tweets attempting to help.

Two weeks after the ordeal began, Rachael returned to her family’s Johnstown home, telling police she had been held against her will and repeatedly assaulted. She even helped investigators create a sketch of the man she says abducted her.

Despite the arrest and the charges, Rachael maintains that she was abducted.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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