Husband Describes Sherri Papini's Kidnap Ordeal

He says captors kept bag over her head
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2016 4:38 AM CST
Husband: Captors Kept Bag Over Papini's Head
In this Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, a "missing" sign for Mountain Gate, Calif., resident Sherri Papini, 34, is placed along side Sunrise Drive.   (Andrew Seng/The Sacramento Bee via AP, File)

Sherri Papini's captors put a bag over her head and kept her chained up any time she was in a vehicle, husband Keith Papini says. "She was bound" and "had a metal chain around her waist," the California woman's husband says in an interview with ABC's 20/20 that will air in full on Friday. He says his wife has told him that 22 days after she was kidnapped, she was in a vehicle when her captors stopped, cut something that was holding her, and pushed her out into the road. Papini was found Thanksgiving Day by the side of a road in Yolo County, 150 miles from her home. Her husband disclosed Wednesday that she had been physically and mentally abused and weighed just 87 pounds when she was found.

In a statement released Wednesday, Keith Papini slammed online sleuths who have been expressing doubts about the case, the AP reports. "Rumors, assumptions, lies and hate have been both exhausting and disgusting," he said. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko says investigators are working on producing a sketch of the two Hispanic women Papini says she was kidnapped by. He says police haven't found any reasons to doubt her story. The sheriff told reporters Wednesday that Papini's captors branded her with "some kind of message." He says the mother of two children is still traumatized by her ordeal, but is doing her best to work with investigators, reports the Record Searchlight. The Redding newspaper reports that residents are organizing a rally to support Papini and welcome her home on Saturday. (Read more Sherri Papini stories.)

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