2003 Report Breaks Quiet Surrounding Sherri Papini Case

Her mother claimed Papini was harming herself but blaming her mother
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2017 6:39 AM CDT
Mom Once Accused Sherri Papini of Self-Harm
A "missing" sign for Sherri Papini is seen in Mountain Gate, Calif., on Nov. 10, 2016.   (Andrew Seng/The Sacramento Bee via AP, File)

Investigators haven't gone public with any new info about Sherri Papini's alleged kidnapping since Nov. 30—but the Sacramento Bee has done some digging. After filing several California Public Records Act requests, it obtained a December 2003 police report that's just two sentences long. What it says: Papini's mother called the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office claiming Papini, then 21, was harming herself but blaming her mother for the injuries. The report doesn't specify if that was found to be true, and a rep for the department says Papini's mother was given advice in a phone call at the time. The Bee is careful to note that the official police line remains that there is no indication her abduction was a hoax, but the paper quotes a criminology professor as saying while the report is no smoking gun, "it makes her story even more suspicious."

It's not the only incident report connected to Papini. Her father in 2003 told police that his daughter had withdrawn funds from his bank account. Three years earlier, he had said she also burglarized his home, while Papini's sister suspected Papini had kicked in her back door. Authorities say they followed up on each report and no charges were laid, per People. "This really doesn't have any bearing on her case," says Lt. Pat Kropholler, noting the alleged withdrawals were the result of a simple misunderstanding. Though Papini's husband has described her harrowing ordeal, authorities have revealed little about Papini's disappearance on Nov. 2, citing an ongoing investigation. The California mom was found on a roadside on Thanksgiving, claiming she'd been taken at gunpoint by two Hispanic women, who have not been found. (More Sherri Papini stories.)

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