Sherri Papini, her husband, Keith Papini, and their two children fled their hometown of Redding, California, after her abduction ordeal, the New York Post reports.
According to the newspaper, the family skipped town and left their two dogs behind. A “buddy of Keith’s,” who was spotted at the Papinis’ home on Sunday, December 4, spoke to the New York Post and said that he was there to “walk the dogs.”
Pressed further about the family in the wake of Sherri’s homecoming, Keith’s pal told the outlet that he “couldn’t answer any questions.”
A neighbor said that they don’t think the Papini clan is “ever coming back here again.” According to the family friend, Keith had lived in the house on Sunset Dust Road since he was 5 years old.
As to where the Papinis are now, another neighbor told the Post that “they’re way up north, in cold country” with “wealthy relatives” who have taken them in not long after Sherri was found alive 22 days after disappearing.
As previously reported, Sherri was discovered beaten and chained on the side of a road in Yolo County, California, around 4:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Keith reported his wife missing from their home when she didn’t come back following a jog November 2. Sherri was supposed to pick up their children, ages 2 and 4, from daycare that day.
During a Friday, December 2, interview with 20/20, Keith opened up about the terrifying experience. “I thought about her being there, screaming my name,” he told ABC’s Matt Gutman.
“She was bound. She had a chain around her waist,” he added. “She had a bag over her head. Her left hand was in the vehicle chained to something. She was chained anytime she was in a vehicle. They opened the door — she doesn’t know, because she had a bag over her head. They cut something to free [a] restraint that was holding her into the vehicle and then kind of pushed her out of the vehicle, and she at this point has no idea where she’s at. She ran to the freeway.”
Keith went on to share disturbing details of Sherri’s physical condition after she escaped her alleged abductors, who she described to police as two Hispanic women. Authorities are looking for the two women as the investigation continues.
“She screamed so much, she said she’s coughing up blood from the screaming, trying to get somebody to stop,” Keith told Gutman. “And again, just another sign of how my wife is, she’s so wonderful, how she’s like, ‘Well, maybe people aren’t stopping because I have a chain, it looks like I broke out of prison.’ So she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes.”