Several weeks after missing California woman Sherri Papini was found alive following a three-week disappearance, it seems investigators are no closer to finding who abducted the mother of two. One expert, a serial killer profiler, believes that Sherri is lying about her kidnappers because she is terrified.
On Thanksgiving Day at around 4:30 a.m., Sherri, 34, was found on the side of a highway after flagging down a motorist. She had vanished weeks prior on the afternoon of November 2 after she headed out for a jog near her home in Redding.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, an audio clip of Yolo County sheriff’s deputies and public safety dispatchers indicates Sherri was found chained and badly beaten when she was recovered.
Keith Papini, Sherri’s husband, spoke out about her shocking appearance when he first set eyes on her after being reunited. Keith, in a letter obtained by People, wrote that his wife’s face was “covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of her repeated beatings. The bridge of her nose [was] broken… She has been branded and I could feel the rise of her scabs under my fingers.”
The letter also included details, like the fact that Sherri weighed only 87 pounds when she was recovered, and her long blond hair had been chopped off. Keith also wrote that Sherri’s captors had thrown her to freedom from a vehicle while she had a bag over her head and a chain around her waist and wrists, according to People.
Sherri told authorities her abductors were two Hispanic women with Spanish accents. According to ABC 10 News, Sherri described one suspect as being a young female with a thick accent, long curly hair, thin eyebrows, and pierced ears. Sherri said the second suspect was an older female with straight black hair with flecks of gray, and thick eyebrows. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Sherri stated the two women’s faces were covered most of the time she was with them.
Serial killer profiler John Kelly spoke to People about Sherri’s case and said this situation “has serial rapist, serial killer all over it.” He added that the person or persons who kidnapped Sherri have left her “scared to death” of them. He believes this has prompted Sherri to lie about her abductor’s identity.
Kelly, who is the founder and president of S.T.A.L.K., Inc., further commented to People.
“This is a sadistic situation, and she [Sherri] somehow was able to convince them to let her go… She somehow got them to believe she would not squeal on them… It’s only by an act of God that they let her go.”
He continued with the following.
“I have a hard time understanding that as sadistic as these [people] are – and I’ve hunted many of them – would let someone live… She can identify this perpetrator… If they know where she lives, she will always worry.”
Kelly also had an opinion regarding the brand Sherri bore when she was found, positing Sherri was given a mark to throw off those investigating the case. He told People this is called “staging” in order to set up a story that two Hispanic women picked on Sherri because she is an “all-American girl” and they were “upset with the political climate…” so they tattooed a corresponding “message” on her.
This may explain why Sherri and her family quickly left their Redding, California, home after she was reunited with her family, and may never return, according to Comic Book.
Kelly went on to tell People that following such a traumatic event, Sherri will probably need “…an awful lot of therapy, and anti-depressant” and possibly “anti-anxiety medication.”
Anyone with information regarding Sherri Papini’s case is urged to call authorities at 530-245-6540, or the Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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