In a case that can appropriately be called “the real-life Gone Girl,” Denise Huskins is on the run from the FBI after an investigation by local police determined she faked her own kidnapping with the help of her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn.
Authorities initially held a search for the Northern California-based physical therapist, 30, after Aaron told police strangers broke into their home on Monday, March 23 and demanded $8,500 in ransom for her return.
Denise, the woman who was reported missing. (Photo Credit: Facebook)
The following day, the ‘San Francisco Gate’ was sent an audio file in which a woman claiming to be the victim said, “My name is Denise Huskins. I am kidnapped, otherwise I am fine.”
Shortly after receiving the audio file (which was accompanied by an email suggesting she’d be safely returned Wednesday, March 25), police found Denise yesterday in Southern California — about 400 miles from her home.
As of late Wednesday evening, cops revealed that investigators haven’t heard from her or any of her relatives since she reunited with them earlier that day. Authorities believe she is on the run and has since hired a lawyer.
The story appears to be inspired by the plot of ‘Gone Girl.’ (Photo Credit: r/r)
Police have now refocused the investigation on determining whether or not the couple did anything illegal in allegedly staging the abduction.
If nothing else, Lt. Kenny Park, a police spokesperson in Vallejo, Calif., Denise’s hometown, is “disappointed” in the couple's suspected actions.
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“Devoting all of our resources 24 hours a day in a wild goose chase — it’s a tremendous loss,” he said in a statement to the ‘Associated Press.’ “It’s disappointing, it’s disheartening. The fact that we wasted all of these resources for nothing, it’s upsetting.”