Sherri Papini was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Monday.
Sherri Papini was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Monday.( Source : cnn )


Sherri Papini looked very different the day she suddenly disappeared on November 2, 2016. Now She seems to have changed her identity to avoid negative criticism.

The curious kidnapping case occurred when she was jogging a mile from her home in Redding, California. 

On Thanksgiving Day, three weeks later, she emerged with restraints on her arms, stating that her captors had let her go at dawn.

The worldwide media attention was on her as it was not every day that a kidnapped victim returned home in one piece. People also wondered about the motives as the authorities kept things under wraps.

The story took an interesting turn after six years when police arrived at her doorstep with a warrant under her name. She got accused of making false statements to federal law enforcement officers and fabricating her whereabouts as the reality unveiled as the years went by.

What Does Sherri Papini Look Like Today?

As there is a six-year age gap between the day Sherri Papini disappeared and her trial, she looks dramatically different.

The blonde-haired beauty seems distinctly changed as her hair has lost its shine, and her face has misplaced its radiance. The years have been harsh on her health, getting notably thinner with the court appearances.

Sherri Papini looks different with sunken cheeks and dull blonde hair
Sherri Papini looks different with sunken cheeks and dull blonde hair ( Source : nbcnews )

How Did Sherri Papini Get Kidnapped?

Sherri Louise Graeff was living with her husband and kids in California. She was on a jog when she got imprisoned by two Hispanic women. 

After she turned up three weeks later, Sheriff Tom Bosenko questioned her to get the leads on her assailants, as she told them her abductor was smart enough to keep their faces hidden. 

But they were not opposed to torturing her as they branded her right shoulder, broke her nose, and chopped her hair while her then-husband noted her reduced weight, wishing to bring justice to the calamity towards his family. 

Further investigations told another story as the circumstances unfolded to an ending that no one believed.

Is Sherri Papini Still Married? Details On Keith Papini

Sherri Papini remained married to her husband, Keith Papini, till she got detained in March 2022. He made his living by working at Best Buy.

According to reports, he married her around 2009 and is the father of two kids, a son and a daughter.

When she vanished into thin air in 2016, he was the first to notice as he returned home from a long day at work and found it empty. Getting increasingly concerned, he used the technology to track her location and found it between Sunrise Drive and Old Oregon Trail.

Although he was one of the primary suspects, he cooperated with the polygraph tests and spent a lot of money to get her back.

After the gut-wrenching betrayal came to light, he called himself an idiotic husband who stuck around waiting for her while she had a rendezvous with her ex-partner. 

The conviction in April was the last straw, as he filed for divorce and took sole custody of their children. She not only blindsided him, but she also traumatized innocent youngsters who may never recover from the actions of their convict mother. 

It became apparent that her family did not matter much as she left her son and daughter at the daycare before pulling the disappearing act.

Sherri Papini's ex-husband filed for divorce and custody of two children in April 2022. While her attorney declined to Keith's comment on the filing.

Keith Papini said he was grateful to thousands of people who have reached out to his family
Keith Papini said he was grateful to thousands of people who have reached out to his family ( Source : abcnews )

Did Sherri Papini Have An Ex-Boyfriend?

The then 34-year-old Sherri Papini had created a master plan with the help of her ex-boyfriend James Reyes. 

Indeed, they met as teenagers and had been in a loving relationship, getting engaged before going their separate years.

The pair had not kept in touch for years until their relationship came to light through DNA found on her clothes and cellphone records.

In his interview, he stated that she materialized out of thin air, and she told him about her abusive household, formulating a plan to save her. He hoped they would reconnect and continue where they had left off.

However, she failed to explain what happened and kept him in the dark, saying she wanted to return because she missed her kids.

Where Was Sherri Papini Found? Where Is She Now?

40-year-old Sherri Papini is a native of Redding, Northern California, and she got found near Interstate 5 in Yolo County. 

Currently, she is serving her sentences for her deeds at a medium-level federal prison.

Indeed, the police were dumbfounded when she got spotted, immediately opening up with the FBI to give portraits of the suspects. She also received $30,000 in payments from the emotional trauma from the incident.

On the other hand, the detectives kept feeling like her recollections did not add up, asking her time and again for more details.

There were loose ends that kept pointing her as the vicious one until she finally got branded a criminal in 2022, pleading guilty to her crimes. 

Knowing she got surrounded from all sides, her lawyer did not comment on her allegations as she ultimately got sentenced to 18 months in prison and fined $300,000.

Reports suggest she is an inmate of Federal Correctional Institution Victorville, as her ex-partner hopes to move on from the event and lead a happy life.

According to court filings, Papini is presently residing with a cousin in Chico, California, some 75 miles south of where Keith and the children live.