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y name is Denise Huskins, I’m kid­napped,’ gasped the voice down the phone. ‘Oth­er­wise [I’m] fine.’ The po­lice of­fi­cer pauses and of­fers to play the record­ing again, but Mike Huskins doesn’t need him to. He knows it’s his daugh­ter’s voice. She’s been miss­ing for 24 hours and this is the first sign they’ve had that she’s OK – she’s alive. So far, so scary. But fast-for­ward two weeks and now, in a very strange turn of events rem­i­nis­cent of Gil­lian Flynn’s best­selling book and block­buster film, Gone Girl, Denise is sud­denly at the cen­tre of her own po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Be­cause au­thor­ites claim her en­tire three-day or­deal – which saw hun­dreds of peo­ple search miles of waste­land, and her fam­ily re­lease emo­tional plea af­ter emo­tional plea – was all an ‘or­ches­trated hoax’.

It all started on Mon­day 23 March when Denise’s boyfriend Aaron Quinn, 30, re­ported the phys­io­ther­a­pist miss­ing from their home in Vallejo, near San Fran­cisco, at around 2pm. He claimed he had wit­nessed her be­ing taken away in a white Toy­ota at around 3am that morn­ing, but said he didn’t con­tact po­lice un­til the af­ter­noon be­cause her cap­tors had drugged him. Alarm bells were al­ready ring­ing but

If she sees this, I want her to know we love her and we are not giv­ing up

Denise’s story has had the world gripped

Denise’s boyfriend Aaron Quinn says he didn’t con­tact po­lice for nearly 12 hours as the cap­tors had drugged him

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