PUBLISHED: 05:07 GMT, 24 October 2012 | UPDATED: 14:32 GMT, 24 October 2012
A stunning race attack alleged by a 20-year-old Louisiana woman appears to be a fabrication as police revealed she set herself on fire.
Sharmeka Moffitt, who is black, claimed she was doused in lighter fluid and then severely burned by three men wearing white hooded sweatshirts while walking through a park on Sunday night. She also told police that the men wrote ‘KKK’ on her car.
However, police in Shreveport revealed on Tuesday that they found Ms Moffitt’s DNA on the can of lighter fluid used to burn her and her fingerprints on the cigarette lighter that was used to start the fire.