California mother Sherri Papini became a household name after she mysteriously disappeared while jogging near her Redding home. The “super mom” would remain missing for 22 days before ultimately being discovered on the side of the road on Thanksgiving, bound and beaten. While some have questioned Papini’s story, Sheriff Tom Bosenko says they have “no reason to doubt” the traumatized mother.
The Daily Mail reports that Sherri Papini went missing while jogging on November 2, 2016. The mother was taking her daily jog near her Redding home but failed to return to pick up her children from daycare. As a result, Sherri’s husband Keith Papini used the app “Find my iPhone” to track down his missing wife’s phone. He would find the phone laying in the grass along with Sherri’s earbuds; however, there would be no sign of his missing wife.
Keith filed a missing persons report but his wife would remain missing for 22 days. However, on Thanksgiving Day, Keith would get the news he had hoped. Sherri had been found alive near Sacramento. The mother-of-two was found beaten, bruised, and chained but could not immediately recount the details of her abduction to police. The National Post notes that Papini was screaming so hard, attempting to get a passing motorist to stop and help her as she was chained alongside Interstate 5, that she began coughing up blood.
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Keith Papini says that Sherri was having a difficult time flagging down motorists because of her chains. The mother felt that people were frightened to stop and help her, fearing she may be an escaped inmate. Therefore, she reportedly tucked the chains behind her and was able to eventually flag down someone for help.
“She screamed so much, she’s coughing up blood from the screaming trying to get somebody to stop. And again just another sign of how my wife is, she’s so wonderful. She’s saying, ‘Well maybe people aren’t stopping because I have a chain that looks like I broke out of prison’ so she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes.”
While Sherri was unable to provide details about her abduction, she was able to tell police that it was two Hispanic women with guns that abducted her. She notes that one of the women had very thin eyebrows with long curly hair and a thick accent. The other woman, which was older than the first, reportedly had thicker eyebrows with straight black hair that had a small streak of grey.
Abducted California woman Sherri Papini found after three weeks https://t.co/5SwIFinbnm
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Police have been slow to release information about Sherri’s abduction, noting that they are allowing the woman time for healing, but did say the two suspects are considered armed and dangerous. Despite speculation from some regarding the unusual circumstances of Sherri Papini’s abduction, the sheriff says he has no reason not to believe her story. The sheriff also noted that it is not uncommon for victims of traumatic events to suffer memory loss.
It would seem that Sherri Papini did experience a quite traumatic event if her purported injuries are any indication. Keith Papini revealed that his wife had been starved, beaten, and branded and that her signature long blonde hair had been chopped off. He says his wife weighed just 87 pounds when she was found and that her body was bruised and she had sustained a broken nose. Papini also reported that the mother remained chained for the duration of her 22-day abduction.
Abducted California mother Sherri Papini had ‘message’ branded on skin – BBC News https://t.co/difjEDaC6d
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