Police say a Wood County woman faked cancer to get cash. Police say Kimberlie Gustwiller made up a story about having stage four cancer and then stole the fundraising money. Now the Mccomb woman is facing a felony theft charge.
Investigators say residents phoned in concerns about Gustwiller and her alleged stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Turns out, police say Gustwiller's story is a scam.
"For someone to come up with something like that, that's the lowest of the low," says resident Trevor Dienst.
The news comes as a shock to the small towns of North Baltimore and Mccomb. Residents have rallied around Gustwiller for the past month. Two salons held fundraiser's, cutting mow hawks and dying pink streaks in customers hair supporting cancer awareness.
"There's a lot of people in this community that are just heartbroken," says North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer.
At this point it's unclear how much money is unaccounted for.
Gustwiller appeared in court Monday morning and pleaded for a judge to release her from jail. Gustwiller said she is a single mother of 5 and needed to get home to her children.
Police say they have recovered some of the money but it's still unclear why Gustwiller made up the story or where the money went.
Gustwiller is expected to be back in court in Bowling Green next Monday. If you have donated to her cancer fund you are asked to call North Baltimore police. @