Think Sherri Papini kidnapping story doesn’t add up? Experts say keep an open mind

More than a week after Shasta County mom Sherri Papini was found battered but alive on a Yolo County highway in the predawn hours of Thanksgiving morning, debate over the legitimacy of her harrowing tale of kidnapping and abuse continues to rage online. The comments got so cutting this week that her husband, Keith, felt compelled to issue a statement in an effort to quell accusations of a hoax.

Experts say the skeptical response isn’t so surprising given that the details sheriff’s investigators and family members so far have relayed about Papini’s account don’t fit patterns typical for kidnapping scenarios. But they also caution that while many elements of Papini’s story are admittedly odd, that doesn’t mean detectives – or the public – should assume it doesn’t hold up.

“I’ve had some pretty bizarre but righteous cases, where people look at it and say, ‘That didn’t happen.’ Well, it did,” said

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