Blood found on the clothes of a woman claiming to have carried out an attack belonged to her, police have revealed.
A search for a 'victim' was launched last month after the 27-year-old blood-stained woman, of Stanley, claimed she had carried out an assault on a man.
But Durham Police were unable to find the man and results of forensic tests have revealed it was the woman's own blood on her clothes.
The case will now be passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service.
The hunt was sparked on 30 August after the woman stopped a car then a taxi at the Jolly Drovers roundabout in the Leadgate area of Consett.
She was arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently on bail.
Det Sgt Vic Deanes of Consett CID said: "Last week items of clothing were sent to the forensic laboratory in Wetherby for tests to be carried out.
"Staff at the lab have now confirmed to us that the blood on the woman's clothing was solely hers.
"There still remains the possibility another person might have been involved.
"However, we will be speaking over the next few days to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide on the next course of action."
They are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.