The revelation that Bethany Storro splashed acid in her own face has left her friends and family shocked, particularly those who rushed to her defense in the days following her maiming.
Pamela Storro, Storro's former mother-in-law, told ABC News earlier this week that rumors that the acid attack was a hoax were "insane" and that there was "no way" her former daughter in law would do this to herself.
When reached today by ABC News, Pamela Storro declined to speak, other than to say she is in disbelief over Storro's admission that she did, in fact, fake the attack.
"I'm shocked," was all that Pamela Storro would say of her former daughter-in-law's alleged confession.
John Pax, the gym owner who held a fundraising to help offset Storro's medical expenses following the attack, said that he too is in "disbelief."
"We put aside our business because we found someone in need, one of our own members," he said. "We felt for her."
Vancouver Police announced Thursday that 28-year-old Storro had fabricated the Aug. 30 attack that left her severely burned and garnered media attention worldwide -- including an invitation to appear on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.
Storro had originally told authorities a stranger had splashed acid in her face while she walked through a popular park Vancouver, Wash.
But police said that soon after they began investigating the claims -- which included releasing a sketch of a suspect Storro claimed was responsible for the attack -- facts weren't adding up.
"Truthfully there were red flags from the beginning," Vancouver Police Commander Marla Schuman told "Good Morning America" today. "Initially just the manner of the attack, when she's talking about being splashed in the face with acid and the demarcation, the placement of injuries on her face… the thought that she was wearing sunglasses at 7:30 at night when she normally doesn't wear sunglasses. Just small things that didn't quite add up to a picture of normalcy.
"Things really weren't adding up," Schuman said.
Police, announcing their investigation was closed Thursday, said they had spent hundreds of hours looking for a perpetrator and did not speculate on Storro's motive.
"She doesn't have a criminal history, we didn't have knowledge of any mental issues," Schuman said today.
Storro's seemingly horrifying story captured international attention and spawned donations to a fund set up for her. Schuman said Storro could face charges if they determine Storro accessed those funds, in addition to a possible charge for filing a false report.
According to Anytime Fitness owner Pax, nobody close to Storro believed that she could have faked the attack, even when media speculation grew after she pulled out of a schedule appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
"Obviously [Storro] needs help," said Pax. "And I hope she gets it."
Pax held a fundraiser at his gym last week where he offered a self-defense class at a discounted price to attract more participants. The class, which cost $20 per person, was attended by around 80 people said Pax, garnering more than $800 for Storro's fund.
Storro's mother, Nancy Neuwelt, attended the class. Pax said that he spoke with Neuwelt yesterday and she was devestated and apologetic over everything that happened.