Jogger's Husband Insists Kidnapping Wasn't a Hoax, Says She Was Emaciated and Had Hair 'Chopped Off'
Keith Papini said his wife weighed only 87 pounds when she was discovered.
Kidnapped jogger Sherri Papini was severely beaten by her abductors, suffered a broken nose and was emaciated when she was freed, according to her husband.
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Her husband, Keith, told Good Morning America in a statement Tuesday morning that the woman's face is "covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings, the bridge of her nose broken."
He says she "weighed only 87 pounds" when she was discovered and bound in chains on the side of the road. "Her long blonde hair had been chopped off."
Keith added that he is "disgusted" by the rumors and innuendo that the kidnapping is a hoax.
"Rumors, assumptions, lies and hate have been both exhausting and disgusting. I understand people want the story, pictures, proof that this was not some sort of hoax plan to gain money or fabricated race war. I do not see a purpose in addressing each preposterous lie,” he told GMA in the statement.
The 34-year-old mother of two was found on Thanksgiving morning, three weeks after she vanished while out for a run.
Sheriff Tom Bosenko told Good Morning America that he's looking into the mother’s past as part of the investigation including an anti-Hispanic tirade posted by a woman of the same name back in 2003.
The person with the same name wrote online: "I was drug free, white and proud of my blood and heritage. This really irked a group of Latina girls which would constantly rag and attack me."
Bosenko told GMA: “We are familiar with that posting - that is about 13 years old and our investigators are looking into that as well.”
A source close to the mother denied to Inside Edition that she wrote that posting, saying the tirade would have been "out of character" for her.
The woman known as “Super Mom” told police that her captors were two Hispanic women driving a dark SUV when they dumped her on the side of the road. They were armed with a handgun.
Allison Sutton says she saw the victim flagging down cars at 4:30 a.m. Thanksgiving morning, 150 miles from where her husband had found her cell phone, ear buds and strands of what was thought to be her hair.
“I just saw this blonde woman waving what looked like a shirt up and down frantically trying to get somebody's attention,” she told Inside Edition. “I did see her face for an instant, recognized that that was somebody that looked scared and I called 911.”
Sutton added that she felt none of what she saw was staged and the police say they have no reason to disclose Papini’s account.
“The woman that I saw at the side of the road was definitely frightened,” she told Inside Edition.
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