Denise Huskins : Woman’s kidnapping was ‘hoax’ to get $8500 in ransom

Denise Huskins : Woman's kidnapping was 'hoax' to get $8500 in ransom

Denise Huskins was not kidnapped for ransom as her boyfriend had reported, Vallejo police said late Wednesday, hours after she was found safe in Southern California and one day after The Chronicle was e-mailed a purported hostage recording in which a woman identifying herself as Huskins said she was “kidnapped” but alive.

“It was such an incredible story, we initially had a hard time believing it,” Vallejo police Lieutenant Kenny Park said.

“Upon further investigation we couldn’t substantiate any of the things he was saying.”

Police said they found no evidence of any kidnapping, and expressed disgust at the resources the two allegedly squandered.

“Devoting all of our resources 24 hours a day in a wild goose chase – it’s a tremendous loss,” Lt Park said.

Mr Quinn, 30, had told police his girlfriend was forcefully taken in the middle of the night from their Mare Island home in Vallejo early on Monday.

He called police at about 2pm to report she had been abducted.

Lt Park said Mr Quinn’s waiting so long to inform them is part of what aroused suspicions.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle received an email from an anonymous person claiming to be holding the woman.

The person wrote that she would be returned safely on Wednesday.

The email included an audio file of a woman identifying herself as Denise Huskins, who mentioned Tuesday’s airliner crash in the French Alps to verify she was alive.

Her father Mike Huskins confirmed the voice in the file was his daughter’s, the Chronicle reported.

Ms Huskins had indicated she would talk to detectives, but by the end of the day police were unable to contact either her or her family members, and they do not know where she is.

Ms Huskins works as a physical therapist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo. She moved to the area in June from Southern California.