Missing California mother Sherri Papini, who disappeared in early November while jogging in their Redding neighborhood has been found.   Papini was reported missing on November 2, after her husband Keith returned home that evening to discover his kids hadn’t been picked up from daycare and his wife missing.

Sherri Papini, 34, was found alive but heavily battered on Thanksgiving Day on the side of a road roughly 150 miles from the Papini family home in Redding, California.  She managed to flag down a motorist even though her hands were bound to a chain around her waist.  She had been held captive for 22 days and tortured.  Authorities said they have interviewed Sherri Papini twice about her ordeal and are still hunting for the alleged kidnappers.

Based on the description of her alleged captors, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told ABC News that authorities are searching for two Hispanic female adults armed with a gun and driving a dark SUV.  One suspect, the younger of the two, was described as having long curly hair and a thick accent, pierced ears and thin eyebrows, Bosenko said, while the other woman, the older one, was described as having straight black hair with some grays and thick eyebrows.

Keith Papini has given interviews revealing his wife’s treatment during captivity.  According to his interviews Sherri was hit, kicked, branded with a message on her body, had her nose broken, her hair chopped off and was barely fed during her captivity.  When she was found she weighed 87 pounds, having lost about 15 percent of her body weight from an already slim frame.

Many have described the abduction as bizarre with many of the most sensational details released not by authorities but by her husband in an exclusive interview with ABC.  The case has baffled police and set social media aflutter, with armchair detectives scouring the internet’s darkest corners for clues and others arguing that the case is some kind of twisted hoax, like something out of the movie “Gone Girl.”

Police have been upset with Keith Papini divulging details of his wife’s injuries to media. Bosenko said the release of the details could compromise the investigation.   Police and armchair sleuths are all left wondering who did this and what was the motive behind the abduction.  No ransom demand was ever received, and neither the Papinis nor their families are wealthy, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko. She is a stay-at-home mom, he is a Best Buy store employee.

Detectives are tracking hundreds of leads but haven’t elicited much information from Papini and have only a vague description of her captors, who were said to be Hispanic. Authorities have not divulged the message burned into her skin, and she hasn’t been seen publicly since she was found.  Sheriff Bosenko has said “Sherri did her best that she could in providing the descriptions, but she was not able to provide a detailed description due to the suspects covering their faces, and at times Sherri’s head was covered”. He noted also that victims of traumatic experiences sometimes suffer memory loss.

 

 

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