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Sketch released of Sherri Papini’s alleged kidnappers, male DNA found on her: Police

California woman Sherri Papini made national headlines last November when she was kidnapped while jogging, brutally attacked, and left on the side of a road for dead. Detectives haven’t caught the suspects responsible, and although they announced additional information about the case on Wednesday, they still haven’t connected the pieces together or established a motive.

Record Searchlight reports that detectives uncovered male DNA on Papini that did not match Papini’s husband, as well as female DNA that did not match Papini. Since her abduction on November 2, 2016, Papini has been adamant that two women kidnapped her, with no mention of any males being involved. The DNA did not match to anyone in the FBI’s database.

Further, detectives discovered text messages sent back and forth between Papini and an unnamed man in Detroit. According to  Sgt. Brian Jackson, Papini and the man had plans to meet up with each other while he was in California, but after questioning him, the man insisted he had nothing to do with his disappearance. Papini, who corroborated the story, later passed a lie detector test when questioned about her version of events. Her husband, Keith, also passed a lie detector test.

Photo of Sherri Papini’s kidnappers [Photo: FBI]
Meanwhile, based off of Papini’s descriptions of her alleged abductors, the FBI created a sketch of two women. Last year, Papini said one older woman and one younger woman took her while she was out jogging. She said the abductors wore bandanas over their mouths and covered her head with a bag for most of the time. They physically abused her before pushing her out of their car and leaving her along Interstate 5 in Yolo County on Thanksgiving Day 2016, with a hose tied around her hands and ankles and a metal chain tied around her waist.

The suspects are described as Hispanic. The younger suspect is between 2o to 30 years old, stands around 5’5″ with a medium build, pierced ears and coarse, curly black hair. The older suspect is between 4o to 50 years old, stands around 5’7″ with a large build, straight and longs black hair with a little gray in it, pierced ears and thick eyebrows.

“Once the sketches were finalized, detectives and investigators reviewed the sketches and compared the sketches with known witnesses or contacts identified during the investigation to see if the sketches matched any known parties. No matches were made with case file information,” Jackson said.

Authorities found Papini with her long hair cut to her shoulders, a “branding” on her shoulder, a broken nose, and numerous cuts, welts, and bruises. So far, the motive behind the abduction remains unclear, but Papini apparently told a forensics investigator that she got into a fight with the younger abductor, and slammed her head against a toilet when they allowed her to take a shower while holding her captive inside a room.

Papini also told the investigator that she heard a gunshot the night before they released her, but she didn’t know who pulled the trigger or if anyone was injured.

Detectives said they were looking into the case as a possible human sex trafficking incident, but there are currently no other cases that similar circumstances, Jackson reported.

“There have been no cases discovered that are similar in nature to this investigation concerning the pattern of operations by the suspect(s), treatment of the captured victim and release of the captured victim.”

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information should contact the Sacramento FBI office at 916-746-7000. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to the identities of the suspects.

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