Sherri Papini May Have Been Kidnapped By Cult, Theory Says
People are still searching for answers to the bizarre kidnapping of a jogger from Redding, California.
Sherri Papini went missing shortly after going for a run near her Northern California home on November 2.
Three weeks later, on November 24, the 34-year-old jogger was found chained, branded and badly beaten on the side of a highway that was located over 100 miles away from her home.
Papini initially told police she was abducted by two Hispanic women driving a dark-colored SUV.
However, a new report suggests that Sherri Papini's kidnapping could be connected to some sort of "cult."
The anonymous donor who offered a $50,000 cash reward for the safe return of Papini recently spoke out about the kidnapping during an interview with Chris Hansen of the “Crime Watch Daily" television show.
"Crime Watch Daily" posted a teaser of the interview, which is set to air on Tuesday, to its Facebook page that claimed the interview provided “explosive new details” and a “possible cult connection” to the abduction.
During the interview, Hansen asks the anonymous donor if he thinks his cash reward aided in the safe return of Sherri Papini.
The donor, who appears as a silhouette in the interview, responds to Hansen, stating, “She's thrown out on the side of the road within 24 hours of changing the offer to a bounty.”
The man claims that he did not know Sherri Papini or her husband Keith before the 34-year-old mother was kidnapped on November 2.
But rather, he saw Sherri Papini's story on the news and wanted to help out.
The mysterious donor said, “Here's a girl that's got two little kids and got a husband at home crying and I just visualized what that life was like and felt like you know let's see if we can be creative here.”
The ransom was later returned to the donor after Papini was found on Thanksgiving morning.
The donor revealed he has been in contact with the jogger husband, Keith Papini, three times since offering the cash reward for her return.
According to the donor, “He said she's having a tough time, that she can't be around any strangers, that she's seeing some counselors a couple times a week and that she's just struggling.”
The anonymous donor told "Crime Watch Daily" he believes sex trafficking was the motive behind Sherri Papini's kidnapping.
“I think they saw her as what appeared to be a young girl and took her for that purpose," he said.
The donor also told "Crime Watch Daily" he believes Papini was abducted, despite several conspiracy theories surrounding the case.
The donor said, “I am very, very good at reading people and you know one of my gifts is the gift of discernment.”
A press release from "Crime Watch Daily" revealed that the interview will divulge how the donor “got involved, his thoughts on what he thinks happened and how Papini is coping.”
Sherri Papini has yet to speak out publicly about the alleged kidnapping.