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(VALLEJO, Calif.) — The suspect in the mysterious “Gone Girl” kidnapping case in Vallejo, California, is a Harvard-educated attorney, police said.

Matthew Muller, who has been accused of kidnapping a woman in March, attended Harvard Law School and worked at the Kerosky, Purves & Bogue law firm in San Francisco, according to The State Bar of California records.

Lt. Herb Walters of the Dublin, California, police also confirmed Muller is an attorney and attended Harvard.

One of the partners from the law firm said Muller, 38, worked there in 2012 for up to a year and was terminated for confidential but non-criminal reasons.

A sworn affidavit containing allegations against Muller was unsealed earlier on Monday, according to the FBI.

In June, when Muller was arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery in Dublin, California, authorities found similarities to the “Gone Girl” kidnapping in March, the FBI said.

Muller, of Orangevale, California, is currently being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, California, according to Dublin Police.

Muller may have committed other similar crimes, according to the FBI. The investigation is ongoing, the FBI said, and anyone with information about Muller is asked to contact law enforcement.

On March 23, Aaron Quinn called police to report that his girlfriend, had been abducted from his Vallejo home, police said.

Two days later, she was found safe in Huntington Beach, police said. Quinn told investigators that his girlfriend’s abductors made a $8,500 ransom demand, police said.

On March 25, police in Vallejo said that they found “no evidence to support the claims” that she was abducted from Quinn’s home.

Quinn and his girlfriend had denied any involvement in a hoax through their attorneys.

In March, Quinn’s attorney, Dan Russo, claimed the alleged kidnappers sent a six-page email to his office detailing their motive. Douglas Rappaport, Huskins’ attorney, said in March he received a “15-page, single-spaced email” from the kidnappers apologizing for their actions.

Russo had also said that Quinn was tied up and drugged by at least two assailants the day his girlfriend was taken, which he said explains why Quinn was unable to call police until hours later.

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