Can anyone explain why authorities won't just admit the original phone call was a hoax? The same News article reports:
Authorities have decided to no longer pursue an arrest warrant for a man identified by the caller as the man who beat and raped her. The caller said she was a 16-year-old girl and a member of the sect, but officials are investigating whether the call was a hoax by a woman in Colorado.Really? Are they actually STILL investigating "whether the call was a hoax"? And if so, can we please get some competent investigators on the case?
There's really little question, at this point, that Rozita Swinton, a 33-year old Colorado Springs woman with a history of false allegations and making up fantastic stories, was the person who made the original phone call to a San Angelo women's shelter: The calls came from her phone number and anti-polygamist activist Flora Jessop recorded many hours of conversation with her.
I personally don't believe the Rangers are still investigating "whether" the call was a hoax, at this point. Instead, keeping the "hoax" story alive buys time for lawyers, who are investigating arguments for how to justify the search warrant once they admit they knew that named target wasn't at the YFZ Ranch before they went in.
The Salt Lake City Tribune figured out the phone call was a hoax very soon after the raid. Reporter Brooke Adams seems like a pretty smart gal, but is she really THAT much more clever than the Texas Rangers?