Sherri Papini’s Dad Blames ‘Some Punks’ for 2003 Racist Post Written Under Her Maiden Name | 12/8/2016 | Diane Herbst
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A young mother vanished during a morning jog near her California home — and was found 22 days later on the side of the highway. As she recovers, investigators push to figure out what really happened. Subscribe now to PEOPLE, or pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday, for much more on this case.

In 2003, someone using Sherri Papini‘s maiden name and claiming to be from her hometown wrote a bizarre and racist post on a white supremacist website, detailing how they got into violent physical fights with Latinos during high school.

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That post, which recently resurfaced, is being investigated after a battered Papini, 34, was found on Thanksgiving — 22 days after she mysteriously disappeared during a morning jog near her home in Redding, California. She told investigators her abductors were two armed Hispanic women, one with curly hair and one with straight hair, who spoke mostly Spanish.

As authorities continue to search for suspects and a motive in Papini’s apparent abduction, they have said the online post is “being looked into.”

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But Papini’s father, Richard Graeff, tells PEOPLE exclusively in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday, “Sherri did not write that letter. Some punks wrote that letter.”

A friend of Papini’s agrees: “It was not her; it is not who she is,” they say. “It was posted online, and...
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