Locals react to newly-released Sherri Papini video

Video released by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office early Tuesday morning hasn't done much to quiet skeptics of the Sherri Papini case.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017 6:45 PM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 6:49 PM

The Sherri Papini case has polarized many in the redding community.

And the video released by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office early Tuesday morning hasn't done much to quiet skeptics of the case.

Some in Redding are firm believers of Papini's story, ‎while others believe her abduction to be a hoax.

But one thing people on both sides of the fence seem to agree on is that the video raises even more unanswered questions in the case.

In the video, a person thought to be Papini is seen running north toward the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses church in Yolo County.

Moments later, the same person can be seen running south toward Interstate 5.

The video was captured on November 24, 2016 at 4:15 AM which matches the time frame of when Papini was found not far from the church.

Despite the newly-released video, some in the community still have their doubts about the case.

“It's definitely pretty odd,” Redding resident Janelle Amico said. “I think there's more to it than what every body's seeing”

Redding resident Cassandra Young shares that sentiment.

“I more feel like the video is so grainy, you can't really tell,” Young said. “And it just doesn't follow through with a lot of the facts that were given before about the case.”

Facts previously released by the Sheriff's Department detailing how Papini was found.

“She was bound with restraints, but was able to summon help from a passing motorist traveling on I-5 near county road 17,” Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said during a press conference last November.

Young said, it's hard to see, but the person in the video doesn't appear to have any trouble getting around.

“And it just doesn't follow through the new video that's released that she's running,” Young said.
In other circles, the video has some asking different questions.

“I'm not a skeptic,” Redding Resident Brandon Little said on Facebook. “But I wonder if maybe she got away from them for a few minutes. Then they caught her and chained her up?? Just a guess.”

But one of the biggest questions many have is, why is the video being released just now?

Amico has her theory.

“They want to bring something up about it so it doesn't go without knowing, so it doesn't drop in the cold cases,” she said.

The lead investigator for the Sheriff’s Office said they decided to release the video to back up previously released information and to possibly drum up additional information regarding the case.

As always, anyone with any info about the case is encouraged to contact the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

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