Sherri Papini and the Unreliability of Eyewitnesses

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papini jogFollowing my last post, I wanted to further dive into my thoughts on the Sherri Papini abduction.

Did Sherri Papini actually go jogging? Was there a dark SUV in the vicinity?

Much of the reporting about her abduction assumes that Sherri went jogging sometime after she texted her husband at 10:37 a.m., asking him if he was going to be home for lunch.

Sherri’s phone and headphones were found “neatly placed” near the cluster of mailboxes that accounted for her rural subdivision, by her husband when her returned home from work at around 5 p.m.

Tree trimmers in the area claim they saw Sherri jogging around 2 p.m. as well as “multiple eyewitnesses.” Eyewitness accounts are often problematic. How many of these witnesses came forward immediately? How many accurately described her clothing? Her height? How many other young women jog in the subdivision? We know that some of this information was gathered from door-to-door canvassing.

This, to me, is the most interesting piece of evidence regarding the jog:

Detectives are also going through video from surveillance and trail/game cameras from all probable routes in and out of the Sunrise Drive area. 

Was anything found on the cameras in the area? The SUV? Evidence of Sherri jogging?  I would think they would have found something.

Considering no other descriptions of the vehicle or suspects have been released, I have a hard time believing there was anything found on the cameras. I would think Shasta County would have at the very least released a still of the vehicle. It would be very unusual to hold evidence like this from the public, when someone could be identified. (Think Jennifer Kesse, that video has been circulated everywhere.)

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