Transcript for Police Share New Details of Missing California Mom's Alleged Kidnapping
We get to new details about California mom Sherri papini found alive three weeks after she went missing. The search for her captors is intensifying as her husband shares disturbing details saying she was battered, bruised even branded. ABC's kayna Whitworth is in Redding, California, with the latest. Good morning, kayna. Reporter: Yeah, George, good morning. Sherri papini's husband Keith saying she endured intense physical agony and severe mental torture during her 22 days being held captive adding that ultimately it was Sherri's will to survive that broughr home. This morning, the terrifying details of Sherri papini's alleged kidnapping coming to light. Among her injuries police now say she was branded, a message burned into her skin. I would think that that was some sort of either an exertion of power or control and/or maybe some type of message that the brand contained. Did they say something or was it a symbol. It is not a symbol but it was a message. Reporter: Her husband Keith described an agonizing three weeks in which his wife was tormented physically and mentally, telling "Gma," she weighed just 87 pounds and was covered in multicolored bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain markings. Her signature long blond hair had been chopped off. Obviously a very sick person who may have wanted to not only cut it off to change her physical appearance but also to humiliate them, wear her down. Reporter: Authorities say the 34-year-old stay-at-home mom was abducted while jogging near her home in Redding. A small town in northern California where she lived with her husband Keith an electronics salesman and their two kids. 22 days later she was recovered in restraints on the side of a highway 150 miles away. Releasing this victim after holding her for a pretty extended period of time does not make sense to me. It just doesn't. Because it's -- it really does increase the risk level of the offender exponentially. Reporter: According to the FBI there were nearly 85,000 missing persons in the U.S. Over 18,000 of them involuntary abductions. Only about half of those victims ever returning home alive. Now, investigators met with Sherri papini for a third time yesterday. So we're hoping to hear today what they learned and it's possible that if she could remember enough, George, we might see a composite sketch of her captors. That would be a big advance, okay, let's get more from former FBI special agent Brad Garrett, our ABC news consultant. So many disturbing details, the weight loss, the hair cut off. To destroy her identity and branding to become part of their group and eliminate her past, this he cut her hair and starved her. They beat her, maybe torture, et cetera and it's to make her part of whatever they are. Which leads to the next question, why let her go? Well, we don't know the circumstances. Did these two women, are they part of this group organization, whatever it might be decide this is too much? They pick her up and place her along the side of the road so the context of those two women is unclear. That's all we know now from her, the two women seemed to have taken her. Is it likely though that other people were involved with something like this? I think so because there's too many steps, George, to go through the starvation, the branding, the cutting of the hair, it's like I'm trying to make you part of whatever we are, whatever the group, whatever their extremist thinking might be. And the longer you do that, the person then becomes more dependent on you to survive. That's what they want. A lot of internet traffic, oh, was this some kind of hoax. The sheriff saying he ruled that out. Knowing from what you know from the outside do you rule that out, as well. Absolutely. If you're going to disappear are you going to go to this much trouble and have somebody brutalize you, brand you, starve you. Not likely. The final question, random or targeted? Any clues there? I'm going to guess random and random because she's a woman out jogging, maybe she does it at the same time each day, perhaps this group were looking for a particular size person, shape, et cetera. And they just grabbed her. It could be an opportunity grab is what I'm trying to say. Okay, Brad Garrett, thanks very much.
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