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