Anonymous source creates Sherri Papini website, offers reward
SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - An anonymous source has created a Sherri Papini website and is offering a reward "to the person who has Sherri Papini".
Papini, a 34-year-old wife and mother of two, disappeared November 2 while out on a jog on Old Oregon Trail near Mountain Gate, north of Redding.
The letter, posted on SherriPapini.com says, "I am willing to pay you whatever way you can creatively think about where you feel safe and where nothing can be tracked to you." The letter continues, "I will not communicate with the police, Sheriff's Department regarding any details about this offer."
The website links to the official Find Sherri Papini Facebook page, Twitter, and GoFundMe account. It also links to news articles about her disappearance.
When we spoke with Sherri Papini's husband, Keith Papini, he was insistent that this letter is true and says he has spoken with the anonymous source's spokesperson, Cameron Gamble. KRCR News Channel 7's Mike Mangas also spoke with Gamble and plans to speak with him on camera about the letter, Friday morning.
Gamble said there is no dollar amount in the reward because they're not putting a worth on Sherri's life. Gamble added the objective is to offer a reward ransom for the person or persons that have Sherri and that this is a time for the person to come forward without consequences.
In a press release sent out Thursday by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, they said, "Detectives continue to search for any information that would indicate if Sherri's disappearance was voluntary or involuntary."
KRCR first received a similar letter in an email from email@example.com, sent on November 6. In that email, the anonymous source said they were willing to provide proof that they had that kind of money available and were willing to release bank statements showing such. KRCR was unable to confirm the letter was from a legitimate source, and chose not to make the letter public at that time.
In a statement from the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, Lieutenant Anthony Bertain said SherriPapini.com may or may not be real but it's a distraction to their investigation, that there is still no solid evidence that Sherri was abducted, and if there was a kidnapper demanding ransom, he would have contacted the family and probably asked for a lot more than $50,000.
Changes have been made to this article to reflect new information we received Thursday evening from both the spokesperson for the anonymous source and Keith Papini, Sherri Papini's husband. Changes have also been made to reflect that the letter KRCR received was similar but not the same as the letter posted on sherripapini.com