On Tuesday, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a kidnapping was unfounded.
ACSO first announced the kidnapping at 12:12 p.m. on social media, posting a screenshot from a doorbell camera, saying that the woman pictured was dragged into a minivan.
Just two minutes later, ACSO said that a “possible suspect with a similar vehicle” was detained, but the woman was not located.
At 3:33 p.m., ACSO called the kidnapping claim unfounded.
The woman in the doorbell camera photo was identified as Veronica Kersten and is being contacted for a welfare check.