A physical therapist from California reportedly "orchestrated" her own kidnapping, with the help of her boyfriend, and is now on the run after police say they discovered her dishonest plan.
Denise Huskins, 29, reportedly disappeared on Monday from her home in Vallejo and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, notified police 12 hours later. The San Francisco Chronicle reported receiving an email and audio recording in which Huskins could be heard saying, "My name is Denise Huskins. I am kidnapped, otherwise I'm fine," reports the Daily Mail.
In another strange twist, the newspaper also received an anonymous email Tuesday from a person who claimed he was holding the woman. The person said she would be returned safely on Wednesday. A ransom demand for $8,500 was also made.
Two days later, police reportedly found Huskins safe in Huntington Beach, about 400 miles away from her house. But authorities couldn't find any evidence that the woman had been abducted and had serious doubts about Quinn's claims.
"It was such an incredible story, we initially had a hard time believing it," Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park said. "Upon further investigation we couldn't substantiate any of the things he was saying."
Police added that they believed the woman and her boyfriend orchestrated the kidnapping and, as a result, stripped valuable time and resources from the community. Approximately 100 volunteers and 40 detectives took part in the search for Huskins.
Both Huskins and Quinn could face state and federal charges if they are convicted of planning the kidnapping -- that is, once police can locate them. The couple and their family have reportedly cut contact with police and she has hired an attorney.
Source: Daily Mail
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