The husband of Sherri Papini, the California mother who disappeared in early November before being found allegedly battered but alive along a rural road on Thanksgiving Day, called public talk that her disappearance was racially motivated “fabricated.”
Keith Papini said the “rumors, assumptions, lies, and hate” have been “exhausting and disgusting” for the Papini family to hear.
However, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department is taking into account race in its investigation of the abduction case, Daily Mail reports.
Investigators are probing the origins of a strange blog post in which someone claiming to be Sherri Papini writes of racial hatred toward Latinos while claiming to be “proud” of being white.
The 2003 post has been circulating online since Papini’s disappearance and was archived on the now deactivated pro-white website skinheadz.com.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko stated that the blog post “came to light” in recent days and confirmed his team is “investigating” on whether it has any ties to the abduction case.
Papini, 34, was found beaten but alive on Thanksgiving morning after having been missing for three weeks. Police are on the alert for two Hispanic female suspects who may be armed and driving a dark-colored SUV.
The Sheriff said: “There was a post under her maiden name of Graeff and that was posted, kind of like a little bit of history of her growing up and then some cruelty that may have occurred to her father and that she was basically proud to be white.
“We will be investigating that [racial] aspect of the post but we do not have any information that that post was related to her abduction, one way or the other.”
Papini, a mother of two, was allegedly abducted as she was jogging near her home in Redding on Nov. 2. Police and her family organized search parties to find her; she was finally found in northern Yolo County, about 150 miles south of Redding.
“She was able to walk to a nearby church but nobody was there at 4:30 in the morning, and then she walked back and was able to flag down a motorist near Interstate 5 and Yolo County Road 17. There the motorist stopped and of course called 911,” Bosenko said, People reports.
Papini was treated by hospital staff for her injuries but was not admitted to the hospital.
The alleged abductee has only given a “limited amount of information” to authorities as she struggles with the emotional trauma of her recent captivity. She reportedly recollects very little of the traumatic experience.
Sources: Daily Mail, People / Photo credit: Papini Family via ABC News