Sherri Papini Update: Branded And Beaten California Mom Can’t Describe Abductors

Sherri Papini, the Northern California mother found branded and beaten after vanishing for three weeks in November is having problems describing her abductors in detail. According to local law enforcement, Sherri’s captors either kept a hood over her head or concealed their faces whenever they were around her so she is unable to give authorities specific details about their appearance.

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Sherri, 34, vanished on the afternoon of November 2 after heading out for a jog near her home in Redding, California. She was last seen on that day before going missing jogging along Sunrise Drive.

Sherri Papini vanished while jogging

Sherri’s husband, Keith Papini, grew concerned when he learned his wife had failed to pick up their children from daycare. When he was unable to contact Sherri, Keith’s concern grew to alarm so he searched for and found her cell phone on the side of a rural road using an Apple locating app called “Find My iPhone.”

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Authorities in the area conducted exhaustive searches to find Sherri but were not able to locate her or determine exactly what happened to her. Several rewards were offered for information about her whereabouts and her safe return, but Sherri’s disappearance remained a mystery.

Then, on Thanksgiving Day at around 4:30 a.m., Sherri was found on the side of Interstate 5, over 100 miles from where she vanished, after flagging down a passing motorist, according to CNN. The next day, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko spoke publicly about Sherri’s recovery saying she was extremely emotional about being released by her captors and being reunited with her husband.

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During his appearance on Good Morning America, the sheriff noted that Sherri had only been at the location where she was found for a short time, ABC News reports. Sheriff Bosenko added the following.

“Evidently one of the captors had dropped her off on a rural road near Interstate 5… She was able to flag down a motorist and that motorist summoned emergency assistance from the highway patrol, then medical responded as well.”

Sherri was able to give authorities some information about her abductors, including that they were two Hispanic women with Spanish accents. According to ABC 10 News, Sherri described one suspect as being a younger female with a thick accent, long curly hair, thin eyebrows, and pierced ears. Sherri said the other suspect was an older female with thick eyebrows and straight black hair with gray in it.

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This week, according to KRCR TV, Sheriff Bosenko was asked why there were no sketches of the two female suspects and his response was that sketches require a great amount of detail from the victim. He noted that Sherri’s head was covered with a hood most of the time she was held captive and when the hood was off, her abductors covered their faces.

Keith has spoken out publicly about the condition his wife was in after her harrowing ordeal, noting that when found, she was bound by chains. He also said Sherri’s long blond hair had been chopped off, her face was covered in bruises, her nose was broken, she had been branded, and she was emaciated weighing a mere 87 pounds.

Sherri Papini chained and beaten

Serial killer profiler John Kelly believes Sherri is unable to describe her captors in detail for another reason, as previously reported by the Inquisitr. Kelly spoke to People about Sherri’s case and said this situation “has serial rapist, serial killer all over it.” He said that the person or persons who kidnapped Sherri have left her “scared to death” of them, prompting her to lie about her abductor’s identity.

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Sheriff Bosenko, however, told KRCR TV that Sherri and Keith have been extremely cooperative with law enforcement investigators who speak with the family on an “almost daily” basis. He stated he and those in his department do not doubt Sherri was “kidnapped, beaten, and tortured” and are hoping to have the case solved soon.

Anyone who has any information regarding Sherri Papini’s case is urged to contact authorities at 530-245-6540, or the Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135. Tipsters can also email information to

[Featured Image by Shasta County Sheriff’s Office]