20/20 on ID is investigating the case of Sherri Papini from Redding, California, who was allegedly kidnapped in 2016, sparking a massive search and a wave of concern across the nation.
Luckily, she was located three weeks later; however, the perpetrators are yet to be captured. A lack of progress on the case has led to many wondering if the kidnapping was actually a hoax.
Sherri Papini, a young married mother with two small children from Redding, was out jogging near her home when she was abducted on November 2, 2016. Her husband, Keith Papini, became concerned when he arrived home from work and realized she was missing.
Keith then learned that his wife hadn’t collected their children from daycare. The concern levels mounted when she didn’t respond to texts or phone calls. Keith used the Find My iPhone app to locate her cellphone, which he found lying on a sidewalk with his wife’s headphones wrapped neatly around it.
A massive search for Sherri was subsequently launched, and the case received widespread media attention with appeals made across the country. A GoFundMe page raised approximately $50,000.
Amazingly, the search was called off when Sherri was discovered alive three weeks later in Yolo County, 150 miles south of where she was abducted. She flagged down a passing motorist by the side of the interstate, thereby raising the alarm.
The mother, nicknamed ‘Supermom,’ by family members, was badly battered and bruised; her hair had been hacked off, and she had been branded on her shoulder. According to her husband, she’d also lost a lot of weight. She had not been sexually assaulted.
Sherri Papini says two Hispanic women abducted her
Sherri claimed that she’d been abducted and held captive by two armed Hispanic women driving a grey SUV. She says they released her 22 days later. However, she could not give a thorough description of her captives as they had kept their faces covered the entire time.
Investigators conducted forensic tests, which showed she had male DNA on her clothes that did not belong to her husband. The cops also learned that Sherri had been texting another man shortly before her disappearance. This man was located in Michigan but was quickly eliminated from inquiries.
The police have struggled with this case, and there have been suggestions that the whole incident might have been a hoax. A motive for the abduction has not been adequately explained, and female kidnappers are exceptionally rare.
In 2020, the New York Post reported that an anonymous tipster had contacted the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office to say Papini had spent the 22 days in his company in southern California and that it was all a hoax.
Documents later emerged to suggest that Sherri had run away before, which has added more fuel to theories that the kidnapping was faked.
The Papini family has reportedly become quite reclusive since the kidnapping, but they recently issued a statement saying they still hoped that the case would be solved. The Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is ongoing and that the FBI is assisting them.
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Papini was kidnapped. She was studied by some government agents who compromised a profile of her and her family and then fed it to the media when they did their dirty work. That’s always how they roll. STUDY people on line. KNOW their family members. KNOW where they work, how they think, who they vote for, etc….then the right one….they use as a distraction to something else they’re working on….to get the stupid sheeple Americans to follow the hype, much like the nonsensical useless low IQ idiocy now with the Gabby Petito….look, this stuff and MUCH WORSE happens DAILY in the USA, yet we hear NOTHING. We ONLY hear it when the media compromised journalist w***es are FED INFO by the Fkcg bunch of idiots FBI and COMPROMISED IDIOTIC AHOLES give them something. OR it’s other people too. Under the radar. why do you think all the school shooters are so random? These evil freaks bent on causing chaos STUDY THESE KIDS ON LINE. THEY STUDY THEM> STUDY THEM>…they learn what they think how they act they know their family ties, etc…they prep them for the fall…the angry gun toting person to fulfill their anti gun agenda…or they find the fake person who will take a few thousands to pretend they had a family member die of covid….and then work their politiccal strategy…don’t you know don’t u know…keep walking off that cliff of idiocy.follow the science fiction.weeeee………………………………