“I thought about her being there screaming my name,” he said.
Sherri vanished while out for a jog on Nov. 2. The mom of two was found around 4:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day on the side of a Yolo County road — about 150 miles south of her Redding home.
Papini said Sherri’s captors pushed her out of a vehicle with a chain around her waist and a bag over her head on the day of her release. They left on the side of a road, badly beaten and bruised, her hair shaved off and her body branded, he said.
“She screamed so much, she’s coughing up blood from the screaming trying to get somebody to stop,” he said.
“And again, just another sign of how my wife is, she’s so wonderful. She’s saying, ‘Well, maybe people aren’t stopping because I have a chain that looks like I broke out of prison’ so she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes.”
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Keith explained reuniting with his wife after her release, noting her battered and bruised condition in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“My first sight was my in a hospital bed. Her face covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of her repeated beatings,” he said. “The bridge of her nose broken. She has been branded and I could feel the rise of her scabs under my fingers.”
He added that she weighed only 87 lbs. and her long, blonde hair had been chopped off.
Sherri Papini’s Husband Reveals Her Horrific Conditions After Release: Broken Nose, Hair Shaved and Weighing 87 Lbs.
Police said Sherri was able to provide authorities with details about her alleged abductors — who police have described as two Hispanic women.
Sherri said that one of the women had long curly hair, thin eyebrows and pierced ears. The other woman, who was older, had straight black hair with gray and thick eyebrows. She told investigators that both of her captors spoke Spanish a majority of the time.
“Sherri did her best in providing the descriptions but was not able to provide a detailed description because of the assailants covering their faces,” Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said during a recent press conference.
The motive behind the alleged kidnapping is still unclear as authorities continue to investigate.
Keith’s emotional interview airs on ABC News 20/20 Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET.