The fact that she reappeared, injured and emaciated but alive, 22 days later only made the story more juicy, and the media and the public went about trying to pick it apart and decide if it was some kind of hoax.
Jackson says Papini's alleged female abductors gave her clothing to wear so it was possible "that the clothing that was provided to Sherri are clothes that belonged to somebody who was an acquaintance of the captors, and hopefully down the road, once we get these females identified, we will get the answers for that".
New sketches of Hispanic suspects accused of kidnapping and beating Sherri Papini are released after ELEVEN months.
'Sherri continues to look at photographs of various makes and models of SUV's in an effort to provide a more detailed description, ' the sheriff's office said.
The Sheriff's Office has described the brand as "a message" but have been unable to decipher it despite using alternate light sources and filters to clarify what they described as "obscure lettering".
Cops released sketches of the suspects for the first time on Wednesday, which showed the women wearing bandannas around their face. She and the man texted each other in an attempt to meet while he was in California days before the abduction. She reportedly had her hair cut to shoulder length and was branded on her right shoulder, though it's unclear what the symbol or word was. But now, almost a year later, investigators continue to poke holes in her story.
Papini described her captors as two women who spoke Spanish most of the time.
One woman was described as younger with dark curly hair, pierced ears and thin eyebrows.
Sketches of Papini's two alleged Latina abductors, via the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.
Sgt Jackson said the male DNA was from an unknown man who was not a match with her husband or anyone who had been entered into FBI's criminal database. Ms Papini said the other was older with straight black and grey hair with thick eyebrows.
Jackson acknowledged that the male DNA raised questions in the context of Papini's account of being abducted by two women, saying that "with any investigations there's always some oddities, there's always some inconsistencies".
In a statement released to the Record Searchlight Wednesday evening, Keith thanked all the people who have supported the Papini family over the a year ago. As the Redding Record-Searchlight reports, via Shasta County Sherrif's Sgt. Brian Jackson, "investigators later determined he wasn't involved in her disappearance". "Just on the facts that we know it doesn't seem to be a sex trafficking or a sexual abduction in nature, and that is what we are trying to figure out: What was the objective?" he says.
In total, police have served 20 search warrants in the case, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a $10,000 reward for information about the identity of the suspects.
"This has been an extraordinarily hard time for our entire family", he said in the written statement.
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