On November 2nd, California father Keith Papini came home from work expecting to see his wife Sherri and their two children.
After searching the home, Keith quickly realized that no one was there.
To make matters all the more frightening, Sherri, who had been called “supermom” by those close to her, had not picked up the children from daycare:
That’s when Keith knew something terrible had occurred.
The only information anyone had on Sherri’s disappearance was after Keith used a phone locator app to track down her phone’s location.
All he found was her iPhone, her ear buds, and some strands of long blonde hair, which made it seem like Sherri had been abducted while out for a run.
For the next three weeks, Keith and police rigorously searched to find the 34-year-old mother.
However, each day their hope dwindled. No one heard from her.
But a miracle occurred on Thanksgiving morning when Sherri managed to flag down help from a passing motorist.
She was 150 miles from home and bound with restraints.
Sherri later revealed she had been kidnapped and held captive by two armed, Hispanic female adults driving an SUV.
Now, new and shocking information illustrates the horror she went through during her living nightmare.
“Her now emaciated body of 87 pounds was covered in multicolored bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain markings.”
Keith added that his wife’s nose had been broken and her hair had been chopped off— as if the captors were trying to change her physical appearance so no one would recognize her:
“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.”
However, the torture didn’t end there.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko later added that Sherri hada message branded into her skin by the villains:
“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.
It is not a symbol, but it was a message.“
In the wake of Sherri’s discovery, many have called the whole thing a hoax.
But Keith has vehemently insisted that he and his wife are telling the truth:
“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.”
Keith has asked that people be respectful of his family and allow them their privacy as they begin their road to recovery.
As for the suspects, police hope to get a more detailed description as they continue their search.