Police claim that Sharmeka Moffitt created a fake story about being attacked by three men wearing hoodies who supposedly lit her on fire and wrote 'KKK' on her car in Winnsboro, Louisiana.
Police said on Tuesday that they believe Moffitt set herself on fire at Civitan Park and wrote 'KKK' on the hood of her car on Sunday, reports ShreveportTimes.com.
During a press conference, Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said that Moffitt's DNA and fingerprints were found on the lighter and the charcoal lighter fluid used in the incident.
Sheriff Cobb said: "Basically we had to follow the facts. This was a disturbing case for all involved. All indications show this was a self-inflicted situation."
Police are unsure why Moffitt set herself on fire. She is still at the LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, in critical condition.
In a statement, Moffitt's family said: "Our family is devastated to learn the circumstances surrounding our daughter’s injuries. While this was not the resolution we had expected, it is a resolution, and we appreciate the thorough investigation by the local and state police as well as federal agencies."