HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A woman whose boyfriend reported that intruders abducted her from their San Francisco Bay Area home and held her for ransom was found safe Wednesday at her father's Southern California apartment.
Denise Huskins' father, Mike Huskins, said his daughter called him around 9:30 a.m. to say she'd been dropped off at her mother's Huntington Beach house. No one was home so she told him she walked the 12 blocks to his home near the beach.
"She wasn't crying at all. She just said, 'Daddy, I'm OK,'" the emotional father told The Associated Press.
Her return capped a bizarre ordeal that began Monday when her boyfriend told police she was forcefully taken in the middle of the night from their home in the San Francisco Bay Area suburb of Vallejo.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle received an email from an anonymous person claiming to be holding the 29-year-old woman.
The person wrote that she would be returned safely Wednesday, the newspaper reported.
"We will send a link to her location after she has been dropped off. She will be in good health and safe while she waits," the email read. "Any advance on us or our associates will create a dangerous situation for Denise. Wait until she is recovered and then proceed how you will. We will be ready."
The email included an audio file of a woman identifying herself as Denise Huskins, who mentioned Tuesday's airliner crash in the French Alps to verify she was alive. Mike Huskins confirmed the voice in the file was his daughter's, the Chronicle reported.
The father told the AP he and his ex-wife were in Vallejo when their daughter turned up Wednesday about 400 miles south in Huntington Beach.
Reina Yorba, 12, said she and her mother, Anissa, heard the woman pounding loudly on her father's door in their apartment complex. Then they saw her borrow a cellphone from a neighbor.
"When she was talking, it was panicky. It was loud and panicky," Reina said of the call. She added officers arrived within minutes.
Police in Vallejo told reporters Wednesday they will continue to treat Huskins' disappearance as a kidnapping-for-ransom unless evidence points them in another direction. Police Lt. Kenny Park declined to say whether any money was exchanged.
Huskins' father told the AP he knew nothing about a ransom.
"No ransom was ever discussed with me, but police aren't telling me everything that they heard," Mike Huskins said. "It's going to take a while before it all sorts out, I think."
For now, he said, he's just happy to know his daughter is safe. He said he has no doubt she was kidnapped.
"I feel very relieved. Can you imagine? You can't unless you've experienced it," the father said. "I don't recommend this experience for anybody."
He added he was not headed back to Huntington Beach immediately because Vallejo police still wanted to speak with him.
Meanwhile, Vallejo police said they planned to travel to Huntington Beach to talk to Denise Huskins. Park said she has been very cooperative and investigators want to question her in more detail.
Her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, called police at about 2 p.m. Monday to report she had been abducted her from their Mare Island home.
It's unclear why Quinn, 30, took so long to alert authorities, but Park described him as both a witness and a victim.
A car registered to Quinn was taken from the couple's home and found at an undisclosed location, investigators said.
Denise Huskins works as a physical therapist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Vallejo. She moved to the area in June from Southern California.
Her uncle Jeff Kane also said he believes she was abducted. He described her as a person of sterling character, saying she is career-oriented, independent and strong.
"She's a good girl, not into any bad things," he said.
Associated Press writers Ellen Knickmeyer in Vallejo, Scott Smith in Fresno and AP researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this story.