Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen featured Sherri Papini’s case and for the first time the anonymous donor who fronted money to help find Sherri Papini talks about the case.
The mystery man is a wealthy entrepreneur who does not live in the area. He told Hansen he was visiting the area when he saw Keith Papini on the news pleading for his wife’s return.
“I was watching the news and watching Sherri’s husband crying and saying we are going to find you baby,” he told Hansen.
The donor fronted $100,000 to help find Papini, even though he had never met the Papini family before.
“It seemed to me that, you know, here’s a girl that has two little kids and a husband at home crying and I just visualized what that life was like and I felt like, let’s see if we can be creative here,” he said
He wanted to stay anonymous for many reasons and one was to protect his family.
“It’s never been about me,” he explained. “I’ve had all the recognition in life one man can ever want and I don’t need anymore.”
After Sherri Papini was found he received all his money back and he has talked with Keith.
“He says she’s having a tough time. She can’t be around strangers. She’s seeing some counselors a couple times a week and she’s just struggling,” he told Hansen.
There are still unanswered questions about what happened. The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office has not released anymore details.
The mystery man thinks the motive was sex trafficking.
“It was sexual trafficking. I think they saw her what appeared to be a young girl and took her for that purpose,” the donor explained.
The donor does not believe this is a hoax.
“I am very very good at reading people and you know one of my gifts is the gift of discernment and I definitely think she was abducted,” the donor said.
Hansen also learned new details about where Sherri Papini said she was being held captive.
“According to our sources Sherri described her personal hell hole as a dark dingy holding cell where she was starved,” Hansen said.
Cameron Gamble, the hostage negotiator, believes her disappearance could be cartel related.