Sherri Papini went missing for three weeks while out for a jog. In what has become a high-profile crime, the California mother of two was allegedly kidnapped and found bruised on Thanksgiving. Her husband, Keith, breaks his silence on his family's harrowing ordeal and addresses speculation about its validity.
"Thank you to the many incredible humans that have never known Sherri that facilitated in sharing our heartbreak across the globe," he said in a statement to Good Morning America. "Sherri has always captured my heart, and it is no surprise that she has captured the hearts not only through the country but throughout the world."
Sherri was reportedly found after her captors, two Hispanic women, let her out of an SUV. She was 87 pounds and her blond hair was cut off.
When the story first broke, there was backlash, with some calling it a hoax. Critics online and on social media blasted Sherri for being a liar with a racist past. The sheriff said the details of the crime were not suspicious and Keith echoed the sentiment. "I understand people want the story, pictures, proof that this was not some sort of hoax, plan to gain money or some fabricated race war. I do not see a purpose in addressing each preposterous lie."
He closes, "We are a very private family [who] do not use social media outlets prior to this grotesque tragedy. My love for my wife took [precedence], and it was clear we had to be exposed in ways we never would have been comfortable with. So please have a heart and understand why we have asked for our privacy. This will be along road of healing for everyone."
Read Keith Papini's full statement here.