In August 2018, a 28-year-old wedding planner named Ashley Bemis took to Facebook to ask her community for a favor.
This was in the midst of California’s Holy Fire, which scorched tens of thousands of acres in Orange and Riverside counties.
Ashley said her husband was a firefighter named Shane Goodman who was one of the heroes working to put out the flames.
“Shane works for Cal Fire and is out on the Holy Fire right now,” Ashley reportedly wrote. “I also have two other family members and many friends out on this fire and other fires burning here in California. I received a text today from Shane saying it’s pretty much a living hell out there battling the unpredictable ‘Holy Hell Fire.'”
Ashley asked if anyone would be willing and able to donate items like food, baby supplies, and mattresses, all of which she said would be donated to the firefighters and victims in Shane’s honor.
Many people answered the call, dropping off hundreds of dollars worth of donations at Ashley’s home. She stored a lot of the items in her garage.
Ashley had also posted on Facebook about her pregnancy. Some of her pictures consisted of Ashley posing with a big baby bump for what looked like professional maternity shoots.
However, the community had no clue what authorities were about to discover about Ashley…
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