PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - A wealthy health care executivecame home one night in September to find a terrifying note from hiswife, Quinn Gray: The 37-year-old housewife and mother of two hadbeen abducted from her posh Florida beach community.
"There are three men holding me right now and they want $50,000cash," Gray wrote. "Do not do anything stupid. NO COPS!"
Authorities say the 25-year-old mechanic charged with trying toextort thousands from Gray's husband wasn't her captor - but heraccomplice and lover.
Her husband, however, has stuck by his wife'sside.
Gray said she went along with her captor's demands, eventuallyhaving audiotaped sex with him.
Gray says she wasn't scheming, butwent insane and started to believe the kidnapper's claims that herhusband wanted her dead.
"I wish I knew how to write a screenplay, because if I did, I'dmake some money off this story," said St. John's County SheriffDavid Shoar.
The made-for-TV intrigue has everyone from TMZ.com to OprahWinfrey's producers nosing around this exclusive community to seeksalacious details of a pretty blonde's downfall.
Gray's Facebook page shows photos of her husband and two youngdaughters. Her interests were fairly typical: She liked the TV show" Lost," biking and rapper Flo Rida ("When I'm really silly,"she wrote). She drove a Mercedes wagon and read books like EckhartTolle's "The Power of Now."
The ordeal began the night of Sept. 4, when Gray's husband,38-year-old Reid Gray, discovered his wife's note at their $4million seaside mansion.
Reid Gray called the St. John's County Sheriff's Office,touching off a multi-agency manhunt that included the FBI. Thesheriff's office would eventually spend $90,000 on theinvestigation.
The next day, as sheriff's officials set up a command center forthe investigation, Reid Gray received the first of at least sixcalls from his wife. According to a report, Quinn Gray demanded herhusband drop the $50,000 at a Chik-Fil-A restaurant; when he droveto the area, Quinn called again and said he had "screwed up"because police were spotted nearby.
On Sept. 6, Quinn Gray's mother dropped $50,000 at a beachrestaurant; a group of college kids picked up the money and calledpolice, frantic that they were in the middle of a "dope deal."
On Sept. 7, the case took an odd turn: an agitated Quinn Graywalked up to deputies at a local mall. She was taken to the FBIoffice in Jacksonville, where she told agents that her kidnapperworked for a loan shark who wanted her husband to pay up.
Detective Kevin Kerr and others were skeptical, noting Grayseemed to be making up the story as she went along.
During another interview, Quinn Gray changed her story. She saidshe had been sexually assaulted and that "I was crazy then, I wasjust doing what I was told to do."
She did give police one telling detail: Her abductor's name wasJasmin, and he drove a white Volkswagen Jetta. She also directedinvestigators to the warehouse where she was held.
Detectives found Jasmin Osmanovic, driving out of the warehousein his Jetta. He eventually wrote his version of events in anaffidavit.
"I met Quinn Gray about a month and a half ago. We met at a gasstation," wrote the young mechanic. He described going to herhouse and listening to her talk about her marital problems and herissues with drinking - she had nearly split up with Reid Gray andhad gone to rehab at a tony Minnesota clinic. Her husband hadaffairs, she said, and she wondered if he wanted her dead.
On Labor Day weekend, Osmanovic said, the two spent timetogether - but he didn't know right away that she was plotting thekidnapping. He left her alone several times in a hotel room theyshared - she could have left anytime, he said.
Osmanovic touched on one piece of evidence: an audiotape he andQuinn Gray made that weekend. Osmanovic's live-in girlfriend foundit and gave it to officers. The recording captured the sounds ofGray and Osmanovic having sex, plotting the kidnapping and talkingabout mundane things, like how they needed to eat more salads.
Sheriff Shoar said Osmanovic felt that Gray was acting "hinky"and covertly made the recording.
"He is not a dumb guy. He is a very smart guy," Shoar said."He wanted some proof and reassurance in case she tried to hanghim out to dry."
Osmanovic was charged with extortion and is being held at theSt. John's County Jail. Gray also was charged with extortion and isbeing treated at a psychiatric facility.
Osmanovic's lawyers won't comment. Neither will Gray's lawyers,citing a pending gag order in the case. Earlier in the week,however, the lawyers went on national TV to talk about Gray's longhistory of mental illness and how she eventually identified withthe kidnapper.
"Not one e-mail, not one text message, not one cell phonerecord - there is nothing that supports (authorities') contentionthat it's a faked kidnapping," said lawyer Mark Miller on NBC's"Today" show. About the audiotape, he said that it is "an audiorecording of a woman who has been kidnapped, abducted and beingraped."
Interestingly, Gray's husband - the owner of a home health carecompany who detailed the couple's long, painful history of maritalinfidelity during hours of police interviews - is standing by hiswife. Against the advice of friends and family, he is not seeking adivorce.
"I love my family," Reid Gray wrote in a statement to themedia. "And will do whatever I can to make sure that Quinnreceives all of the help and support that she needs."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times