New evidence has come to light which has complicated the investigation of a California woman who said she was abducted and tortured by two female captors. 34-year-old Sherri Papini went missing Nov. 2 while jogging, only to reappear three weeks later battered and bruised, saying she had been held captive by two Hispanic women. However, a new investigation by The Sacremento Bee reveals Papini has a history of erratic behavior, including self-abuse, and police are oddly silent about the state of the investigation into her kidnapping.
In 2003 Papini’s mother Loretta Graeff called the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office to seek advice about her daughter who she said was harming herself and blaming it on her mother. Also that year she was accused of making unauthorized withdrawals from her father Richard Graeff’s checking account. In 2000, he also claimed his daughter burglarized his home, while her sister Sheila Koester made a report to police that Sherri had kicked in her back door.
The Sacramento Bee acquired the police reports under the California’s Public Records Act. The reports do not include any arrest details, and Shasta County sheriff’s Lt. Pat Kropholler would not confirm whether Papini was ever charged with a crime.
After being missing for three weeks, Papini was found on Thanksgiving morning wandering the highway outside of Sacramento. She told investigators she was kidnapped at gunpoint by two dark-haired women who spoke Spanish who repeatedly beat her, cut off her hair, and branded a message on her skin before ultimately letting her go. While the investigation into her disappearance is ongoing, authorities have not released any new information about the case since Nov. 30.
The Papini family released an exclusive statement to ABC News, which said, "Sherri Papini and her family are the very recent victims of an extremely violent crime that has painfully and dramatically changed the course of their lives forever. It is shameful that a media outlet would intentionally exploit Sherri and Keith Papini and their young children's trauma for the sole purpose of clickbait and selling papers."
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