The husband of the California mom who was missing for 22 days is revealing in a new interview that his wife could not get anyone to stop and help her after she was released from captivity.
Keith Papini will appear on ABC News’ 20/20 this Friday, and in a preview of his sit-down with Matt Gutman says that his wife Sherri was ignored by motorists after she ran to get help.
‘She screamed so much, she’s coughing up blood from the screaming trying to get somebody to stop,’ said an emotional Keith while fighting back tears.
‘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.’
Sherri was also covered in bruises, had a broken nose and her hair was completely cut off at the time, but eventually she was able to get someone to pull over and get her to safety.
San Diego private detective Bill Garcia, who was hired by Keith’s father Ken to look into the case, said on Today that the injuries suffered by Sherri and the fact that she was chained while in captivity suggests that she was a victim of sex trafficking.
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Keith Papini, the husband of the California mom who was missing for three weeks after allegedly being kidnapped while out jogging has spoken about the moment she was freed
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko says detectives have spoken to Sherri Papini (pictured above with her husband Keith on their wedding day) for several hours over the past two days
Keith also detailed the moment that his wife was finally released by her captors in a preview of the upcoming interview.
‘She had a metal chain around her waist. She had a bag over her head. She was chained anytime she was in a vehicle,’ said Keith of his wife’s harrowing ordeal.
‘They opened the door… they cut something, freed her restraints that were holding her in the vehicle and they pushed her out.’
Among the injuries Sherri suffered were a broken nose, bruises and burns covering her body.
The 34-year-old was even branded during the ordeal, according to a statement released by her husband.
Police are now hunting two Hispanic females driving a dark colored SUV and armed with a handgun.
Sheriff Bosenko said the first suspect, the younger of the two, was described as having curly hair and a thick accent. The second, had long black hair with flecks of gray and thick eyebrows.
Papini, 34, was found on Thanksgiving day after going missing for three weeks. Her husband, Keith, said she was covered in bruises and burns when he saw her in the hospital (couple above with son Tyler and daughter Violet)
Papini weighed just 87 pounds when she was found, Keith revealed, and all of her blonde hair had been chopped off
He told ABC that the women had held Papini ‘against her will and isolated’ and had often covered her head.
The manhunt continues but the strange case has shocked America and left officers stumped.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said that detectives are not any closer to establishing a reason or motive behind the kidnapping
‘Our investigators have spoken to Miss Papini for a number of hours Monday and then several hours again Tuesday,’ Bosenko told DailyMail.com
‘Right now we have no known reason why she was abducted, we do not know if she was specifically targeted or if this was a random abduction.
‘It’s still an active and ongoing investigation and we’re still looking for the reasons or the motive for this abduction.
‘Abductions are generally rare, especially in this area, but I mean in general an adult abduction is an unusual occurrence.’
Sherri vanished on November 2, 2016 while jogging on Sunrise Drive in Redding, California.
Her husband Keith says he knew immediately something was wrong that day when she didn’t pick up their two kids from day care.
He reported her as missing but police were no closer to finding Sherri three weeks later until she was miraculously freed.
Papini was found chained on the side of the road near Sacramento, California, on Thanksgiving morning (above), 140 miles away from her home
When pressed on whether Papini herself had given detectives any theories as to why she thought was abducted, Sheriff Bosenko said: ‘The victim may not know the reason why, so we don’t know, at this stage of the investigation, the reason or a motive.’
This comes as frightening details of Papini’s ordeal begin to emerge.
She was found alive on Thanksgiving day after being missing for three weeks.
TIMELINE OF SHERRI PAPINI’S KIDNAPPING
November 2: Sherri Papini fails to pick up her two children from daycare and is reported missing by her husband Keith
November 10: Keith Papini is ruled out as a suspect after passing a lie detector test
November 18: The FBI joins the search for Sherri as an anonymous donor offers $50,000 for her return
November 22: Christine Everson spots a woman she believes to be Sherri Papini at a rest stop in Redding, just miles away from the missing woman’s home. The woman refuses to engage Everson in conversation after she approaches the dark SUV she is sitting in, the same tupe of car police are now looking for in the case. Everson leaves but reports her sighting to police.
November 23: Cameron Gamble, a local ‘negotiator’, appears in a video on behalf of the anonymous donor to inform Sherri’s captors the ransom was now ‘off the table’. Instead it was turned into a $100,000 reward for information
November 24: Sherri flags down a passing motorist at the intersection of I-5 and County Road 17 and is taken to hospital
Among her injuries Papini had a message branded into her skin, Sheriff Bosenko told ABC News.
‘I would think that that was some sort of either an exertion of power and control and or maybe some type of message that the brand contained,’ he said. ‘It is not a symbol, but it was a message.’
Papini’s husband Keith released a statement to the media in which he said his wife endured mental and physical abuse while being held captive.
‘Her now emaciated body of 87 pounds was covered in multicolored bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain markings,’ he said.
Keith also revealed the bridge of his wife’s nose was broken and her hair had been chopped off.
‘Obviously, a very sick person who may have wanted to not only to cut it off to change her physical appearance, but also as to humiliate them, wear her down,’ Sheriff Bosenko said.
Police are hunting for the alleged kidnappers, who dumped Papini 150 miles from her California home on Thanksgiving day.
She was able to flag down help even though she was bound with restraints.
Papini described her apparent captors as two Hispanic female adults driving an SUV and armed with a handgun, Sheriff Bosenko said.
The Sheriff added that detectives are also no further forward in establishing the location of where Papini was held.
Police are looking for the two Hispanic women who released Sherri on Thanksgiving, saying they could be driving a dark-colored SUV (map of Sherri’s disappearance and discovery)
He told DailyMail.com: ‘Right now we don’t know where that location is, it is still an active and ongoing investigation, my investigators did talk with her, I don’t have the information of whether they have been able to narrow down where she may have been held, but we are still working on this.’
The Sheriff also ruled out the account of witness Christine Everson who claimed to have seen Papini with two men at a Redding truck stop.
Marketing Director Everson claimed to have spoken to a woman who strongly resembled Papini and looked ‘scared’.
But the Sheriff added: ‘After she was abducted, Miss Papini was driven to an unknown location which would have been not at the truck stop and she would not have been contacted by anybody because this particular reporting person (RP) said that she spoke to the woman and that didn’t occur.’
Keith Papini Statement on Wife Sherri Kidnapping
Keith Papini gave a statement to Good Morning America on Tuesday:
The first thing I would like to address is the overwhelming amount of gratitude our entire family has for the thousands of people that have been on this torturous journey with us. I cannot possibly name each and every person, although their names are eternally etched in our hearts.
Thank you to our strong family, devoted friends, the entire Redding community, and countless communities around the world. Specific thanks to the Shasta County Sheriff’s department, FBI, NorCal Alliance for the Missing, The Lost Coast Trackers, Shasta Support Services, The Guardian Angels, my own personal A-Team, Cameron Gamble, Cody Salfen, Jim Linnan, Sean Ditty, Don Armstrong, Yolo County Sheriff’s department and hospital, the medical personnel that helped our dear Sherri, social media, and many news outlets.
Thank you to LRT Graphics and Signarama. Thank you to the extremely generous, anonymous as well as named donors all over the world whom selflessly gave to our family. Thank you to the many incredible humans that have never known Sherri that facilitated in sharing our heart break across the globe.
Happier times: Keith Papini with his wife Sherri before her abduction in October
Sherri has always captured my heart and it is no surprise that she has captured the hearts not only through the country, but throughout the world. Thank you, truly, immensely, sincerely, and with my entire heart.
Secondly, we live in a nation of free speech, accompanied with an era of technology that provides immediate gratification. This is a double edged sword. I am grateful for this system as it is what spread my wife’s face quickly throughout the world, gaining the attention of thousands. The unfortunate side is that some people have been sitting in angering, expectant, positions waiting for the gory details
Rumors, assumptions, lies, and hate have been both exhausting and disgusting. Those people should be ashamed of their malicious, sub human behavior. We are not going to allow those people to take away our spirit, love, or rejoice in our girl found alive and home where she belongs. I understand people want the story, pictures, proof that this was not some sort of hoax, plan to gain money, or some fabricated race war. I do not see a purpose in addressing each preposterous lie. Instead, may I give you a glimpse of the mixture of horror and elation that was my experience of reuniting with the love of my life and mother of our children.
Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see upon my arrival at the hospital, nor the details of the true hell I was about to hear. The mental prison I was in over the past three weeks was shattered when my questions of my wife’s reality became known.
The officers warned me to brace myself. My first sight was my wife in a hospital bed, her face covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings, the bridge of her nose broken.
Her now emaciated body of 87 pounds was covered in multi colored bruises, severe burns, red rashes, and chain markings. Her signature long, blonde hair had been chopped off. She has been branded and I could feel the rise of her scabs under my fingers. She was thrown from a vehicle with a chain around her waist, attached to her wrists and a bag over her head. The same bag she used to flag someone down once she was able to free one of her hands. Sherri was taken from us for 22 days, and suffered incredibly through both intense physical agony and severe mental torture. My reaction was one of extreme happiness and overwhelming nausea as my eyes and hands scanned her body. I was filled with so much relief and revulsion at once. My Sherri suffered tremendously and all the visions swirling in your heads of her appearance, I assure you, are not as graphic and gruesome as the reality.
We are a very private family whom do not use social media outlets prior to this grotesque tragedy. My love for my wife took precedents and it was clear we had to be exposed in ways we never would have been comfortable with. So please have a heart and understand why we have asked for our privacy. This will be along road of healing for everyone. Ultimately, it was Sherri’s will to survive that brought her home. Thank you.
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