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Evidence does not show California woman was kidnapped, police say
A California woman was found safe more than 400 miles away from her home Wednesday morning after she was allegedly abducted earlier this week.
Vallejo Police Department were treating the alleged abduction of 29-year-old Denise Huskins as a kidnap-for-ransom case, but police said in a statement late Wednesday there is no indication this was a random act of violence.ADVERTISEMENTADVERTISEMENT
“The Vallejo Police Department would like to ensure the public that this was no random act of violence,” the statement said. “There is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction or an abduction at all. Given the facts that have presented thus far, this event appears to be an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping.”
Huskins was found in Huntington Beach, some 420 miles away from Vallejo, where her father said she disappeared.
Vallejo Lt. Kenny Park said at an afternoon press conference that authorities “were looking at all possible angles.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, Huskins had been cooperating with authorities. Vallejo authorities and the FBI had arranged for a jet to bring her from Huntington Beach to Northern California, the statement said.
However, detectives have been unable to contact Huskins or her family members. Huskins has since retained an attorney and authorities are unaware of her location.
According to Vallejo police, Huskins called her father’s cell phone Wednesday from a blocked number and said she had been dropped off near his home by an individual whom she did not identify.
The San Francisco Chronicle obtained an audio recording — emailed to the newspaper on Tuesday — of a woman claiming to be Huskins. The woman calmly identifies herself as Huskins in the recording and talks about the plane crash Tuesday in the French Alps to establish the date. She also states a personal detail about herself, saying the first concert she had attended in her life featured Blink 182 and Bad Religion.
The FBI had joined the search for Huskins, who police said Tuesday was “forcibly taken against her will” from a home in Vallejo Monday morning, according to her boyfriend who contacted them.
A white 2000 Toyota Camry registered to her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, was also allegedly taken and eventually found at an undisclosed location.
Officers were notified by a 30-year-old unidentified man that Huskins was abducted early Monday morning from Mare Island in Vallejo, about 23 miles northeast of San Francisco, according to Park. The man, however, did not call police until 1:55 p.m., Park said.
Park did not say why authorities thought a ransom may have been involved. He said the man who reported the kidnapping witnessed it at the home, but Park did not comment on his relationship to Huskins. Several local media reports have identified the man as her boyfriend.
When asked why he did not report the alleged kidnapping until hours later, Park said “that’s unknown” — though he said the man is not considered a person of interest in the case.
Park also said Tuesday he had no reason to believe Huskins’ alleged abduction was connected to recent reports of a peeping tom in the neighborhood.
A press conference is set for 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Fox News’ Cristina Corbin contributed to this report