Police have made a strange discovery in the case of the deadly shooting that occurred at a Cincinnati woman's gender-reveal party.
The shooting occurred July 8 during a gender-reveal party for 21-year-old Cheyanne Willis, the Daily Mail reported. Police have learned that Willis was not pregnant at the time of the event.
Colerain police chief Mark Denney said authorities don't have a confirmed explanation as to why Willis claimed she was pregnant, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
"Hours and days have been wasted following leads known to be lies when they were provided to our officers," Denney said in a statement. "From the very beginning of this investigation, we have met significant resistance that is uncommon from victims of crime wanting a resolution.
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"As an example, we were led to believe an unborn child was murdered in this incident only to find out that was not the case. That information is not provided to embarrass anyone, only to provide a fair understanding of the challenges we have faced in the past nine days."
"The Colerain Police Department will not comment further on any other misleading information, other than to say we wish our time had been spent on true leads that would help us remove these dangerous criminals from the streets," the statement continued. "We ask that those with information to respect the fact that resources will be used to follow up on every lead or tip.
"Providing misleading information only makes the task of solving this crime more difficult. We will be consulting with the Hamilton County Prosecutor in the coming days to update their office and seek advice on how to proceed with some of our information."
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Autum Garret was killed in the shooting. Eight others, including three children, were also wounded. Police have not identified any potential suspects at this time or a motive.
Willis suffered a gunshot wound to her leg. A family member who was also shot said Willis was no longer pregnant after the shooting. Willis told local media she lost the child after being shot.
Professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Dr. Caleb Adler said false pregnancies could be a result of a personality disorder, a bid for attention or for personal gain.
"It wouldn't necessarily have to be the result of mental illness," Dr. Adler told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "People do things for a variety of reasons."