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Husband of abducted California mom Sherri Papini will talk to 20/20

Keith Papini grants 1st interview since abduction
Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-02 09:36:20-05

The husband of a California woman whose disappearance while jogging in Redding made national headlines will be interviewed on ABC's 20/20 this Friday. 

Keith Papini said he knew something was wrong when his 34-year-old wife Sherri Papini didn't pick up their two young children from daycare on Nov. 2. 

But her reappearance on Thanksgiving Day, bound, busted and apparently branded on the side of a road 150 miles from home, has raised even more suspicions in the public eye. 

"Rumors, assumptions, lies, and hate have been both exhausting and disgusting," Keith wrote in response to Good Morning America about social media chatter doubting his wife's story of abduction and assault. 

But Shasta County sheriff Tom Bosenko said the case is puzzling for a number of reasons, including motive. He said no ransom demand was made and the Papinis are of modest means.

Keith said his Sherri weighed just 87 pounds and the bridge of her nose was broken when she was tossed from a car along the interstate with her hands restrained and a bag over her head.

Today, Bosenko released more information, claiming Sherri's abductors branded her with a message, not a symbol, though the content of the message and where it was located on her body wasn't released. 

In addition to Keith, ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman will also interview Bosenko, the woman who found Sherri, Sherri's sister and a family friend. 

20/20 airs Friday, December 2 at 10:00 p.m. on KGTV ABC Channel 10. TV LISTINGS