SAN FRANCISCO–On Monday, July 13, a case involving the kidnapping of Denise Huskins was re-opened for investigation due to the presentation of new evidence.

Matthew Muller
Matthew Muller

Back in March, Vallejo Police received a call from a man by the name of Austin Quinn, who told officials that his girlfriend, Denise Huskins was missing. Quinn claimed that someone broke into their home where he was tied and drugged.

Upon awaking, Quinn realized that Huskins was gone. He received a call from the kidnapper asking for an $8,500 ransom for the return of his girlfriend.

Police initially treated the case like any other kidnapping case and proceeded to investigate the circumstances surrounding Huskins’ disappearance. When Huskins showed up in her hometown of Huntington Beach a mere two days later police began to question the validity of the kidnapping claim. With no solid evidence, police were led to believe that this was, in fact, a kidnapping.

Authorities deemed the case a hoax that the couple concocted themselves for unknown reasons. A few months transpired when a Harvard graduate by the name of Matthew Muller, 38, was arrested for a home invasion. Police noticed that this case had similarities to the Huskins’ kidnapping case.

After investigating, police determined that the kidnapping case of Denise Huskins was a hoax and deemed it a viable case again. The credibility of both Quinn and Huskins was destroyed due to the hype about it being a hoax. Huskins was compared to the character Amy Dunne from the film “Gone Girl,” which is a story about a woman faking her own abduction and murder.