Police have called off their search for a man feared to have been seriously
assaulted in County Durham.
The hunt was sparked after a woman, covered in blood, flagged down a car at 0200 BST on Monday, in Leadgate, claiming she had carried out an attack.
The 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault but Durham Police say, despite an extensive search, they could not find a victim.
The woman has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Det Ch Insp Andy Reddick said the incident remained a "mystery."
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He said: "It would be fair to say we are dealing with something of mystery as no-one has come forward saying they were attacked."
Police say the woman flagged down a car and later a taxi at the Jolly Drovers roundabout in Leadgate.
She was later arrested at a house in Reynolds Close, Stanley.
She told police she had been in Trades nightclub on Sunday night.
She must answer bail in six weeks' time.