Shasta County Sheriff's Office
The alleged abduction of Sherri Papini is getting new attention today with the release of her husband’s 911 call and the composite sketches of the suspects, among other evidence. The then-34-year-old mother disappeared while jogging near her home near Redding, CA, on November 2 and was found by the side of a rural road 150 miles away and 22 days later.
“I found her phone,” husband Keith Papini says in the 911 call recording, per People. “It’s got, like, hair ripped out of it, like in the headphones, so I’m totally freaking out thinking somebody, like, grabbed her.”
With the renewed interest in her disappearance, we’re rounding up answers to the questions people have about this mystery, hoping to provide some clarity into this complex case. Scroll down for the answers…
Was Sherri Papini sexually assaulted?
It doesn’t seem like she was. Sherri told investigators that she hadn’t been sexually assaulted, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office says in a recent press release, specifying that “there is no physical evidence to indicate otherwise.”
Was Sherri Papini found?
Yes. She was found on Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day, near Interstate 5 in Yolo County, California. She told detectives that two Latina women had abducted her. Just this week, however, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office announced that female and male DNA was found on Sherri at the time of her reappearance.
Is Sherri Papini’s kidnapping a hoax? Did she fake it?
People are skeptical of Sherri’s story because of her reported racist writing — see below — and because of her alleged past crimes. According to The Sacramento Bee, mother Loretta Graeff accused Sherri hurting herself and then blaming the injuries on Loretta in 2003. Three years prior, father Richard Graeff called law enforcement to say Sherri burglarized his house, the newspaper adds.
Is Sherri Papini lying?
It’s possible Sherri is lying to the authorities about the identity of her alleged abductors if she cut some sort of deal with them, serial killer profiler John Kelly told People in December. “This is a sadistic situation, and she somehow was able to convince them to let her go,” he said.
“She somehow got them to believe she would not squeal on them. It’s only by an act of God that they let her go. I have a hard time understanding that as sadistic as these [people] are — and I’ve hunted many of them — [that they] would let someone live.”
Was Sherri Papini branded?
She was indeed, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.
“I would think that was some sort of either an exertion of power and control and/or maybe some type of message that the brand contained,” the sheriff told Good Morning America in November. “It is not a symbol, but it was a message.”
Is Sherri Papini racist?
It depends on whether a post published on a now-defunct website called Skinheadz.com was really Sherri’s work. The post was signed “Sherri Graeff,” Sherri’s maiden name.
In the post, the author writes about getting into multiple fights with Latina women while growing up in Shasta Lake, CA, and even slamming a woman’s face into bleachers.
“Being white is more than just being aware of my skin, but of standing behind Skinheads – who are always around, in spirit, as well – and having pride for my country,” the author writes.
“Being white is my family, my roots, my way of life. It’s always there. There’s no denying it. It’s nobility. It’s strength. It will be there to lift me up when I really need my pride, when I need to ‘keep walking.’”