Reported kidnapping is ‘unfounded’: Alameda Sheriff’s Office

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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. 


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