California Mom Sherri Pani is Accused of Faking Violent Kidnapping While Running in 2016: Prosecutors

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Five years ago, a California mom claimed she had been kidnapped while running and was held captive for three week. Authorities now say that the whole story is true. “fabricated.”

Keith Papini reported Sherri Papini missing in 2016. He spoke to the media and offered a $50,000 reward for her safe return. 

Twenty-two days later, on Thanksgiving Day, Sherri Papini was found wandering — bruised, dazed and branded. She claimed she’d been kidnapped at gunpoint by two Hispanic women while jogging.

But now cops say Papini faked the kidnapping and had actually arranged for an ex-boyfriend to pick her up while jogging, before driving her 600 miles to his home in Costa Mesa.

The nation searched for her all the time. “Papini never left [the] ex-boyfriend’s residence,”According to the criminal complaint.

According to authorities, Sherri Papini was actually the one who asked him to label him. According to the complaint, he said he bought a wood burning tool that is used to create patterns from wood. He then allegedly drove to Sherri and bought a wood-burning tool normally used to burn patterns into wood. Then he heated the tool up and stamped her right shoulder with what is believed be the word. “exodus.”

Papini allegedly gathered evidence that she had been kidnapped. “purposefully hit her head on the bathtub and the bathroom floor,” according to the complaint.

After three weeks, Papini said to the ex that she had missed her children. “I’m ready to go.” He drove for seven hours and dropped her off at a country road 150 miles from home. The boyfriend was not charged.

Inside Edition hears from the woman who called 911 after finding Papini by the side of the road. “betrayed.”

“If it’s true, I’m angry, because she used resources that someone who is truly a victim isn’t going to be able to access,”She spoke.

Cody Salfan, a private investigator, participated in the search for Papini. She claims she has lied to so many people.

“I feel for her family. I’m sure that Keith, her husband, I’m sure that there is a huge sense of betrayal,”Salfan stated. 

Friday’s family statement confirmed that Sherri and Keith Papini were still together.

“Sherri and Keith have cooperated with law enforcement’s requests despite repeated attempts to unnecessarily pit them against each other,”According to the statement.

Police were accused in the statement. “ambushing” Sherri “in a dramatic and unnecessary manner in front of her children.”

The family claims that Papini would have gone to the police station by herself if she was asked.