Sherri Papini Had ‘Message’ Branded on Her Skin by a ‘Very Sick Person,’ Sheriff Says

Sherri Papini, the stay-at-home mom who went missing during a jog in Redding, California, November 2, was branded by her captors, authorities say.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko released some new details to Good Morning America Wednesday, November 30, about the markings found on her body, which you can watch in the video above. “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,” Bosenko said. “It is not a symbol, but it was a message.”

Sherri Papini
Sherri Papini Shasta County Sheriff's Office

As previously reported, the 34-year-old mother of two was missing for 22 days before she was found on the side of a road 150 miles from her hometown on Thanksgiving Day. Although she was chained, she was able to flag down help and has since been reunited with her family.

Sherri’s husband, Keith Papini, released a statement to GMA on November 29 with horrific details about her condition, including the “intense physical agony and severe mental torture” his wife suffered during the abduction. “Her now emaciated body of 87 pounds was covered in multicolored bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain markings,” he said. "Her signature long blonde hair had been chopped off. She has been branded."

Bosenko also talked to GMA about the type of person who would have committed such terrible acts. “Obviously, a very sick person who may have wanted to not only cut [her hair] off to change her physical appearance, but also as to humiliate them, wear her down,” he said.

Authorities are searching for two armed Hispanic women driving an SUV. Investigators met with Sherri for a third time yesterday in hopes that she can offer more clues about her abductors. 

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