The husband of a woman who was allegedly abducted last month while jogging in California has emerged as a central figure in the case surrounding her disappearance.
Sherri Papini was reported missing by her husband, Keith Papini, on Nov. 2. She was later found by a motorist, who she flagged down on a highway about 150 miles away from her northern California home in Redding on Thanksgiving Day. Upon her arrival at a hospital, Sherri Papini was found to have suffered extensive injuries, including a broken nose, bruises, rashes and a severe burn that bears a “branded” message. The message has not been revealed, but Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told ABC News Wednesday that the burn mark was "not a symbol, but it was a message."
“Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see upon my arrival at the hospital nor the details of the true hell I was about to hear,” Keith Papini said of his wife’s condition in an exclusive statement to “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.
The mom of two told authorities that her alleged abductors were “two Hispanic female adults,” according to an ABC News report. As investigators have been seeking answers in the case, here are some things to know about the man who discovered his wife had gone missing weeks ago.
“I understand people want the story, pictures, proof that this was not some sort of hoax, plan to gain money of some fabricated race war,” Keith Papini said in a statement directed at those who doubt his claims Tuesday. “I do not see a purpose in addressing each preposterous lie.”
He added: “We are a very private family [who] do not use social media outlets prior to this grotesque tragedy.”
When he returned home from work to find his wife missing Nov. 2, he used the app “Find My Phone” to locate his wife's cellphone on the side of a road a mile from their home.
He passed a polygraph test that was administered by authorities, who ruled him out as a potential suspect in the case.