California mom Sherri Papini, who went missing while jogging in early November, was found alive on Thanksgiving, however, mysteries continue to surround her abduction.
Evidence indicates that the 34-year-old mother was sadistically abused during her 3-week captivity. Her husband Keith Papini told “Good Morning America” that she endured mental and physical abuse.
The physical abuse included a message branded into her skin, according to Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.
"I would think that that was some sort of either an exertion of power and control and/or maybe some type of message that the brand contained," Bosenko told ABC News. "It is not a symbol, but it was a message."
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Keith described how his wife’s "emaciated body of 87 pounds was covered in multicolored bruises, severe burns, red rashes and chain markings," adding that her nose was broken and her hair chopped off.
"Obviously, a very sick person who may have wanted to not only to cut it off to change her physical appearance, but also as to humiliate them, wear her down," the Sheriff concluded.
Sherri described her apparent captors as two Hispanic female adults driving an SUV and armed with a handgun, Bosenko said.
Some are skeptical of the story, however, with conspiracy theories floating around online since news of her abduction was first reported.
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As noted by News.com.au, some skeptics theorized that Keith had murdered his wife, and staged the abduction as a coverup. Others speculated that it was a joint plot between the husband and wife to obtain fame and financial gain. Perhaps the wildest theory posited that Sherri's injuries were self-inflicted in an effort to mask the couple’s alleged sadomasochistic sexual activities.
On GMA, Keith confronted such allegations by simply stating that "I do not see a purpose in addressing each preposterous lie."
He concluded with a plea for privacy:
"We are a very private family whom do not use social media outlets prior to this grotesque tragedy. My love for my wife took precedents and it was clear we had to be exposed in ways we never would have been comfortable with. So please have a heart and understand why we have asked for our privacy."