MALTA – A Johnstown woman who is alleged to have faked her own disappearance earlier this year, is facing additional charges for possession of a controlled substance following a motor vehicle crash in Saratoga County, according to state police.
Rachael L. Mattice, 24, was charged Thursday with two counts of possession of a controlled substance in a non-original container, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.
According to state police, Mattice was in a two-vehicle head-on crash on Middle Grove Road near Boyhaven Road in the town of Milton at around noon on Wednesday.
Following the accident, Mattice was found to be in possession of valium, oxycontin and Xanax, which were not prescribed to her.
The crash injured three people, according to a new release, although none of the injuries are considered serious.
Mattice was issued an appearance ticket for Milton Town Court on Tuesday in this case and was charged at the state police barracks on Route 9 in the town.
Mattice made international news earlier this year when it was reported that she disappeared from her family’s camp in the town of Wells in June. Mattice arrived back at her mother’s home in the early hours on July 6, allgedly claiming she was dropped off two blocks from her home by her abductor.
Mattice was previously charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident on July 22.
Mattice was additionally charged with petit larceny on Aug. 5 for allegedly stealing prescription pills in Hamilton County.
She has pleaded not guilty in both cases.
According to police, Mattice told them she was knocked out while getting ready for work near the camper where she was staying in Wells on June 23. She reportedly said she woke up naked in a locked shed. Police said Mattice stated she was repeatedly raped by a white male in his late 50s- to early- 60s who had a long beard.
Police said a break in the case came when a witness came forward and identified Mattice as a woman he drove to a cabin at Canada Lake. Other witnesses placed her at a camp that belonged to a relative’s boyfriend during the period she was missing.
During Mattice’s two-week disappearance, authorities and volunteers conducted a search for her that was reported to have cost into the six figures.