Sherri Papini's disappearance in November last year caused fear and speculation in her community that she had been abducted, and her family went to every length they could to find her.
In fact, her family even approached a man called Cameron Gamble, who is in the business of teaching people how to escape from captivity. He sat down with Papini's husband, Keith, and has since spoken to Fox40 about the ordeal.
"We don't just teach how to physically deal with captivity. We teach them how to mentally deal with captivity," he said.
At that stage, police had no evidence to suggest that this was a kidnapping case yet, however Mr Papini and Mr Gamble decided to take things into their own hands.
In the wake of a donation from an anonymous source interested in the case, they created a video directed at her kidnappers offering them ransom money, and giving them a timeframe of 100 hours to return her.
In the video, Gamble said, "I don't know your motive. I don't know who you are, where you are going, I don't care. I simply care about getting Sherri back."
There was no response.
Law enforcement officers were critical of the move, but this didn't deter Mr Papini and Mr Gamble. Mr Gamble reached out to the anonymous donor and they decided to ask bounty hunters around the area to track her down.
"At the end of the day, I did what I did to help out," Gamble said.
A day later, police found Sherri Papini alive, but battered and bruised. She was found by a passing motorist and was bound with restraints. Police are now searching for two women driving a dark coloured SUV who are believed to be armed with a handgun.
Mr Papini said that nothing could prepare him for seeing his wife.
“I just hugged her, I just held her, I felt like I held her for 20 minutes," he told ABC’s 20/20. "I was so happy that she was there, just kissing her all over. I got nauseated just looking at her. It’s so hard for me to see her like that.”
Police are still investigating details surrounding the abduction and are searching for the suspects.