Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko held another press conference to give another Sherri Papini update. After Sherri’s husband, Keith Papini, gave a written statement to Good Morning America on Tuesday, Bosenko said that he revealed much more than law enforcement would have liked. Today, Bosenko elaborated on what little details about Sherri’s abduction were already made public and finally gave a description of the Hispanic women that Sherri says held her captive for 22 days in November.
Very little was revealed by Sheriff Bosenko during the latest news conference regarding the abduction of Sherri Papini. Bosenko said that law enforcement still wasn’t sure if Sherri’s abduction was random or if she was targeted by her abductors. He did confirm that Sherri was branded, as Keith Papini revealed to the press on Tuesday. He also mentioned that the brand was not a symbol and that it was placed as a statement. He did not elaborate what the brand was or where on Sherri’s body it had been placed.
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“I would think that was some sort of either an exertion of power and control and/or maybe some type of message that the brand contained,” Bosenko said.
“It is not a symbol, but it was a message.”
Many of the details that Sherri’s husband Keith revealed to Good Morning America just one day prior seemed to surprise the sheriff. According to the Los Angeles Times, investigators weren’t planning to release some of that information and Sheriff Bosenko alluded that Keith’s statement may have compromised the investigation into Sherri’s abduction. One of those pieces of information was definitely the brand that was burned into Sherri’s body but with the information already known to the public, the Shasta County Sheriff elaborated on what Keith already shared.
One of the women police are looking for had long, curly hair, thin eyebrows, and pierced ears according to the description given by Tom Bosenko. The other woman accused of abducting Sherri Papini was described as being a bit older and having long, black hair with some gray in it and thicker eyebrows. An artist rendering of the suspects has not been shared with the public yet. Deputies are currently working with a sketch artist but have said that only a drawing of their eyes may be released since the women kept their faces covered most of the time.
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Given the choppy description of her captors, likely due to them hiding their faces, law enforcement is still searching for more clues about who may have been involved in the abduction of Sherri Papini. Many following the case were hoping to hear more about what investigators have uncovered since the Thanksgiving Day release of Sherri in Yolo County, roughly 150 miles away from where she disappeared.
Sheriff Bosenko went into more detail, stating that the two Hispanic women used a handgun and a dark-colored SUV when they abducted Sherri Papini, according to her testimony while speaking to investigators. Bosenko said that Sherri was shown several SUVs that fit that description and were in the area on the day of her disappearance but none of them were familiar to her.
Abducted California mother Sherri Papini had ‘message’ branded on skin – https://t.co/uNV6NqZQOU
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Sherri Papini has been described as “cooperative and courageous” by Sheriff Bosenko as she works with law enforcement to uncover more clues about her disappearance and her release 22 days later. Sherri has been interviewed about her abduction three times now as investigators work to piece together as much of those 22 days as they can.
“There’s still a lot of unknown about her assailants. However, we commend Sherri for her efforts to sit down with detectives and provide statements,” he said.
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