Vallejo woman’s kidnapping for ransom story a hoax, police say

VALLEJO (KRON) — Vallejo police on Wednesday night announced that the woman who was reportedly kidnapped and held for ransom isn’t talking with authorities after she was found in Southern California. And now investigators say her story is bogus.

Denise Huskins, 30, was reported missing by her boyfriend on Monday, who told police that she was forcefully taken in the middle of the night from their Vallejo home located on the 500 block of Kirkland Avenue on Mare Island. The intruders demanded ransom for her return.

SLIDE SHOW: Vallejo woman kidnapped for ransom

Huskins “kidnappers” asked for an $8,500 ransom payment, according to Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park.

“Today there is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction or an abduction at all,” Park said in a statement. “Given the facts that have been presented thus far, this event appears to be an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping.”

“If evidence indicates that either Ms. Huskins or Mr. Quinn have committed a criminal act, the Vallejo Police Department will request either state or federal charges,” Park said.

Huskins was found Wednesday morning safe at her mother’s house in Huntington Beach.

While she was missing, she recorded an audio message for her family, asserting that she was O.K., but that she was in the hands of those who kidnapped her.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle received an anonymous email from someone claiming to be Denise Huskins captor. The email said that Denise Huskins would be returned safely Wednesday.

“We will send a link to her location after she has been dropped off. She will be in good health and safe while she waits,” the person wrote. “Any advance on us or our associates will create a dangerous situation for Denise. Wait until she is recovered and then proceed how you will. We will be ready.

The audio file, which is available here, has a woman identifying herself as Denise Huskins, who mentions yesterday’s Germanwings plane crash to time-stamp and authenticate the audio. Mike Huskins confirmed that the woman’s voice was indeed his daughter.

Huntington Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Marlatt said, “No details are being released on how she got here as to not compromise Vallejo’s current investigation.”

Vallejo police said Wednesday night that the had FBI arranged for a jet to bring her back to Vallejo for an interview but she is no longer cooperating with authorities.

“The Vallejo Police Department has requested and received the assistance of multiple law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels. At any given time, over 40 Detectives and over 100 support personnel have been searching for and investigating the disappearance of Ms. Huskins in hopes of securing her safe return,” Park said.

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