Keith Papini speaks out on wife Sherri Papini’s ‘abduction’
THE husband of the California jogger who claims she was abducted said he's still optimistic her captors will be brought to justice - despite cops finding a slew of inconsistencies in her account.
"We are hopeful that the release of additional information by law enforcement will expedite the capture of Sherri's abductors. This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for our entire family," Keith Papini said in a statement to the Record Searchlight.
The New York Post reports that he asked for privacy as "Sherri continues to heal and we work towards putting our lives back together."
Investigators are struggling to fill in the blanks in Sherri Papini's abduction and on Wednesday released details of several inconsistencies in her story.
The 35-year-old mum of two disappeared November 2, 2016, after going out for a jog near her home in Redding.
She was found 22 days later on the side of a road, beaten and bruised, and described her abductors as two Hispanic women - though she provided very few details about them.
She told police she avoided looking her captors in the face so she wouldn't be beaten.
Both male and female DNA was found on Sherri Papini when she was picked up by cops. The male DNA didn't match Keith Papini and the female's didn't get a hit in the FBI database.
Sherri Papini also told investigators she cut her foot during an altercation with one of her captors - but when she was processed at the hospital, the injury was not found.
Sketches made based on her descriptions also didn't get any hits.
"Once the sketches were finalised, detectives and investigators reviewed the sketches and compared the sketches with known witnesses or contacts identified during the investigation to see if the sketches matched any known parties," Sgt. Brian Jackson said. "No matches were made with case file information."
Sherri Papini has not spoken publicly about her ordeal.
Authorities have gotten more than 600 tips related to the case - though "none of the received tips have been able to generate a viable lead or information as to who is responsible for Sherri's abduction," said Jackson.
"We want to express our immense gratitude to all of the many people who have publicly and privately supported us over the last year," Keith Papini said. "Your well-wishes have helped beyond measure."
This article originally appeared in the New York Post