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Sherri Papini’s Ex-Boyfriend James Reyes Was Not Found Guilty In Papini’s Fake Abduction Case

James Reyes used to work at local skate store in California.

James Reyes was not charged with any crime despite his involvement in an abduction case.

42 years old, Sherri Papini was born on June 11, 1982, in the United States.


  • Sherri Papini abducted herself to escape from her abusive husband, Keith Papini.
  • Police officers said that DNA found on Papini’s clothes matched with James Reyes.
  • Reyes is currently living in Arizona with his grandfather.

Papini is a woman who vanished herself on November 2, 2016, while she was out jogging a mile away from her home in Redding, California.

Sherri Papini also harmed herself to give trust or credence to her fake abduction.

The documentary Perfect Wife: The Mysterious Disappearance of Sherri Papini explored the whole story of Sherri Papini, which premiered on Hulu on June 20, 2024.

James Reyes Found Himself Caught In Sherri Papini’s Fake Abduction Plot

James Reyes is a former Costa Mesa, California, resident who worked at a local skate store.

Before Sherri married Keith Papini, she was dating James Reyes, but they separated in 2006.

Reyes and Papini reconnected in 2015 when she told Reyes that her husband, Keith, was abusive and that she needed to escape.

In 2016, Papini made a fake abduction report and stayed with Reyes for around 22 days.

Later, in June 2020, the FBI agents confirmed that the DNA found on Papini’s clothes matched Reyes’ DNA.

He was called by cops for the investigation, where he said that he had hidden Sherri in his apartment and purchased the branding equipment from a local Hobby Lobby branch.

He explained that they used prepaid phones to talk, and he picked Papini up on a rental car a friend leased for him.

James passed a polygraph test when he told the official his whole story.

His uncle Robert Dooty hired a lawyer after Papini returned home. Dooty said,

‘He didn’t say anything about exactly what happened but he said, ‘I got myself into a real dinger by helping this girl’.

Further investigation revealed that there was no abduction, and James Reyes was not found guilty.

As per the reports, James Reyes moved out of California and stayed with his grandfather and pet dog in Arizona after the incident.

Additional Information

  • Sherri Papini was born to her father, Rich Graeff, and her mother, Loretta Graeff.
  • In the case of fake abduction, a court sentenced Papini to 18 months in prison and ordered her to pay $310,000 in restitution.
  • Sherri is a mother of two children: Tyler Papini and Violet Papini.
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