Reported trail attack was a fake, say officials
A reported rape on the Lake Zwerner reservoir trail has been deemed a fake by Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office investigators.
And it has resulted in the arrest of Rebekah Lim, 19, who was picked up at her Dahlonega apartment and charged with felony false statements on Monday.
“All evidence gained during the investigation showed that Ms. Lim had falsely reported that she had been raped on the reservoir trail,” stated a press release from the LCSO. “And [it] further indicated that she was never at or on the reservoir trail during the time she alleged the crime had occurred.”
The reported stranger-to-stranger attack, which was supposed to have occurred the evening of May 24, rattled residents, kept authorities on alert and attracted the attention of the Atlanta media.
The University of North Georgia student reportedly described her attacker as a white male with brown hair and a beard.
An intense local investigation followed.
“Due to the nature of the alleged crime, investigators continued working intensely on this case over the next several days,” read the report. “Investigators were unable to locate any evidence, suspects, or witnesses to indicate the crime had taken place as Ms. Lim alleged. On the contrary, evidence showed that the crime could not have possibly taken place as Ms. Lim alleged.”
During the investigation, deputies studied video surveillance footage of Lim on the Public Square and UNG campus while comparing the footage to the student’s cell phone logs.
“Out of an abundance of caution and public safety, investigators continued working on the case for the following week, approaching the case from all possible angles,” stated the report.
On Monday, Lim was approached by officers at her Dahlonega residence and presented with a warrant for her arrest. She is currently at Lumpkin County Detention Center and no bond has been set.