Sheriff Confirms Husband's Chilling Details of Sherri Papini's Condition After Alleged Abduction

Sheriff Tom Bosenko said there is still no known motive in the case.

ByABC News
November 29, 2016, 8:37 AM

— -- The Shasta County Sheriff's Office has confirmed new information about Sherri Papini's startling condition after her alleged kidnapping.

Keith Papini told ABC News in an exclusive statement that his wife's face was "covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings." He added that the bridge of her nose was broken and her signature blond hair had been chopped off.

"I was familiar with those details," Sheriff Tom Bosenko said this morning on "GMA." "We had not released them yet to the public."

Papini who was found alive on Thanksgiving, three weeks after her apparent abduction.

Authorities are hunting for the alleged kidnappers, who Sherri Papini said dropped her off 150 miles from her California home on Nov. 24. She was able to flag down help even though she was bound with restraints.

Bosenko said investigators spoke with Papini, 34, again yesterday about her ordeal.

"Our investigators did an interview yesterday with her, a follow-up interview from Thanksgiving Day," he said. "They spoke to her for several hours, and then late afternoon, early evening, they were going over her interview and planned to interview her again today."

Keith Papini told "GMA" exclusively that he was grateful to thousands of people who have reached out to his family during what he called "this torturous journey." He also addressed online comments that his wife's kidnapping may be a hoax.

But Bosenko said police have no reason to doubt Papini's story.

"So far, we are investigating this as a kidnapping-abduction, and everything that she is providing us thus far is indicating that," he said.

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"We currently don't have a known motive or reason for this abduction," Bosenko added. "We don't know if it was targeted to her specifically or a random abduction."

He confirmed reports that negative comments about Hispanics were posted online under Papini's maiden name. He did not explain where these comments were posted or what exactly was said.

"This is a definitely a unique occurrence," Bosenko said. "Our investigators are still actively working the case, as they have been since Nov. 2."

On the basis of Papini's description of her alleged captors, he said, authorities are searching for two Hispanic female adults driving an SUV.

"And that's all that we have regarding the description," Bosenko said. "We hope to have a little more later today."

ABC News' JJ Gallagher contributed to this report.

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