The mysterious reported kidnapping for ransom took a new twist Wednesday night when authorities said the woman and her family who had made plans to talk to police had disappeared.
Denise Huskins, 29, was reportedly abducted Monday morning from a Vallejo home, police said. She was reported to be kidnapped by her boyfriend but was found safe Wednesday morning in Huntington Beach, her family and police told NBC4.
Huskins and her family had made plans to speak with authorities but have since disappeared, Vallejo police said in a press release.
Police said there was some indication that she would be cooperative and speak with investigators but when the FBI had for a jet to bring her to Northern California for an interview, she was nowhere to be found.
Huskins has since retained an attorney and detectives don’t know where she is.
Since the investigation was launched on Monday, 40 detectives and over 100 personnel have been searching for and investigating Huskins’ disappearance, which they said they didn’t believe was a random act of violence.
“Today, there is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction or an abduction at all,” Vallejo police said in a press release. “Given the facts that have been presented thus far, this event appears to be an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping.”
Lt. Kenny Park of the Vallejo Police Department told reporters at a press conference Wednesday morning police had received a phone call from Huntington Beach police at 10:30 a.m. reporting Huskins had been found safe at an undisclosed location.
Police, search crews and the FBI have expanded a search for a 29-year-old physical therapist who was reportedly abducted Monday morning from a Vallejo, California, home and is being held for ransom. Cheryl Hurd reports.
Huskins’ boyfriend claims an intruder broke into his Mare Island home early Monday morning and took her by force while demanding a ransom. But for some reason, her boyfriend waited 11 hours to report it to police.
Prior to the news conference, Mike Huskins said his daughter, Denise Huskins is safe in Huntington Beach. He provided no other details.
Her aunt, Karen Huskins, said that Huskins appeared at her mother’s home in Huntington Beach, Huskins’ mother is curently in Vallejo. Huskins then walked to her father’s house. Her father is also in Vallejo, staying close by to police, her aunt said, so Huskins was staying at a neighbor’s house
How Huskins got to Huntington Beach was not made clear in Wednesday’s press conference. Huntington Beach police also confirmed Huskins was safe in Huntington Beach, but said the investigation is still “active.”
Police, search crews and the FBI are searching for a 30-year-old physical therapist who was reportedly abducted Monday morning from a Vallejo home and is being held for ransom. Bob Redell reports. (Published Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015)
Huskins is from Huntington Beach, and according to her Facebook page moved to Vallejo in June 2014. She is a physical therapist at Kaiser Permanente.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle was sent an email with an audio file of a woman claiming to be Denise Huskins, who said in a brief call, “I’m kidnapped, otherwise I’m fine.”
In the short clip, she identifies herself, talks about the French Alps plane crash to establish the date and references a personal detail about herself about the first concert she saw. Her voice is calm and the clip lasts less than 10 seconds. It’s unclear who made the clip, or who emailed it to the Chronicle.