Denise Huskins, the Vallejo woman who went missing Monday in an alleged kidnapping attempt, has gone into hiding from authorities after police revealed her abduction was a hoax cooked up by the 29-year-old woman and her boyfriend.
According to the Daily Mail, Denise Huskins, her family, and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, have cut off all communication with the FBI after investigators announced early Thursday that her kidnapping was a hoax. Denise Huskins has also reportedly hired an attorney.
Quinn first reported Huskins’ disappearance and an $8,500 ransom demand 12 hours after she allegedly went missing from her Vallejo home. Quinn’s report set off a countywide manhunt for his girlfriend, who is a physical therapist. Approximately 100 volunteers and 40 detectives took part in the search for the alleged kidnapping victim.
As reported by the Inquisitr on Wednesday, Huskins was found alive and well in Huntington Beach, California, 400 miles from her home. KCRA3 reports Vallejo police released a statement late Wednesday, stating detectives began to suspect the abduction was a hoax when authorities could find no evidence to back up Quinn’s claims that his girlfriend was kidnapped.
“There is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction or an abduction at all. Given the facts that have been presented thus far, this event appears to be an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping.”
After showing up at her father’s Huntington Beach home, Huskins agreed to meet with investigators until authorities arranged for her to do so. The FBI had made arrangements to have her flown back to Northern California via jet, but now authorities are unable to locate her or members of her family.
Lt. Kenny Park, a Vallejo police officer, says the couple owe the community and law enforcement an apology for wasting valuable time and resources on the apparent wild goose chase.
“Mr. Quinn and Ms. Huskins have plundered valuable resources away from our community, and have taken focus away from the true victims of our community while instilling fear amongst our community members. So if anything, it’s Mr. Quinn and Ms. Huskins that owe this community an apology.”
Police no longer consider Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn victims or witnesses. Authorities have indicated if any evidence indicates either of the two committed a crime, they will pursue state or federal charges against them. According to ABC News, the police are still trying to determine whether anyone else was involved.
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