A sergeant investigating the 2016 abduction of California woman Sherri Papini says that her story is believable, despite a few inconsistencies in her story and no confirmed motive for crime.
“There is no information that would indicate that it is not true,” Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Jackson told People.
Jackson’s statementcomes on the heels of comments from numerous social media users who didn’t feel the California mom’s story made sense. For instance, a Twitter user accused Papini of having a “twisted background,” and called the newly-released sketch of the suspects who allegedly abducted Papini “a cop out.”
It's a cop out. I think it's to cover that they got played. Sherri papini has a very twisted background. Many people wrote from her town
— evileye (@evileyelw_lily) October 26, 2017
Another Twitter user echoed the sentiments of numerous others by writing, “America is confused.”
#SherriPapini – if you're reading this, your husband is a weirdo & you two need to get your stories together bc all of America is confused..
— Samantha Lebbos (@SamanthaLebbos) October 25, 2017
Regardless, Jackson explained that it took time for authorities to create the sketch since Papini, apparently still traumatized, wasn’t able to fully cooperate until recently.
“It has taken time for Sherri to recover to a point to be able to provide accurate details to the sketch artist.”
Jackson admitted, however, that there were certainly inconsistencies in Papini’s story. She told authorities that she got into a physical confrontation with the one of the alleged kidnappers and ended up cutting her foot in the process. When she was admitted to the hospital after her rescue, medical officials that no such cut existed.
“It is obviously an inconsistency,” Jackson said, explaining that people under stress can get details mixed up.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Papini said one older woman and one younger woman took her while she was out jogging on Nov. 2, 2016. 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.
Authorities found Papini on Thanksgiving Day 2016, 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 Jackson doesn’t think sex trafficking played a part.
“Just on the facts that we know, it doesn’t seem to be a sex trafficking or a sexual abduction in nature, and that is what we are trying to figure out: What was the purpose?”
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.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that Papini’s husband, Keith, said that a year later, his wife still trying put her life back together after the traumatic experience. He released a public statement on behalf of the family, expressing gratitude to those who’ve supported him, his wife, and children over the past year.
“We want to express our immense gratitude to all of the many people who have publicly and privately supported us over the last year. Your well-wishes have helped beyond measure. We are hopeful that the release of additional information by law enforcement will expedite the capture of Sherri’s abductors.
“This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for our entire family. We ask that the media please respect our need for privacy as Sherri continues to heal and we work towards putting our lives back together.”
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