The Colerain Township woman who said she lost her unborn child during a mass shooting that left nine injured and one dead was not pregnant, police announced Monday. A gender reveal party is specifically set up for a pregnant woman to reveal the gender of her baby during the celebration.
One person was killed in the shooting - Willis' cousin Autum Garrett - and eight others were injured.
Cheyanne Willis in a photo taken just hours before at least two gunmen opened fire at her party.
"Sadly, the police department, media and public have been given information we have found to be false", Colerain Police explained in a statement July 17.
Police said their investigation is being impeded by "leads known to be lies" that are wasting time that could be spent following more productive leads.
Another woman on crutches spoke off-camera with WCPO's reporter and photographer outside the home the next morning; she said she lost her pregnancy after she was shot in the leg. Family friends also indicated she'd been expecting. "The Coletain Police Department will not comment futher 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 risky criminals from the streets".
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"From the very beginning of this investigation, we have met significant resistance that is uncommon from victims of crime wanting a resolution", a news release from Denney said.
"We were led to believe an unborn child was murdered in this incident only to find out that is not the case", police said.
"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", officials said.
Officials say providing misleading information only makes the tasks of solving the crime more hard.
The reward money comes as Colerain Township Police, Cincinnati Police and federal investigators search for the suspects in the case.