California Jogger Found Alive After Disappearing A Month Ago, Cops Say She Was Abducted
A California woman who vanished while jogging nearly a month ago was found alive, law enforcement officials said Thursday.
Sherri Papini, 34, of Shasta County, was found safe and in stable condition along Interstate 5 in Yolo County, and is receiving medical treatment at an undisclosed hospital, officials said in a press conference Thursday.
Sherri disappeared earlier this month while jogging in a small town, and is believed to have been abducted by two armed Hispanic women, driving a dark-colored SUV. A motive for the abduction has not yet been released.
Officers found her around 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning after she was released by her captors. Despite being bound with restraints, Sherri was able to catch the attention of a passing driver.
While officers did not give details about her injuries, they said none of her injuries were life-threatening.
Sheriff Tom Bosenko of the Shasta County Sheriff's Office said in the news conference, "We are overjoyed with the fact Sherri has been located and reunited with her family."
She has since been reunited with her husband, Keith Papini, who once believed his wife was abducted after she disappeared November 2, and offered a $50,000 reward for her safe return.
His wife was last seen jogging on the Old Oregon Trail at about 2 p.m. after dropping her kids off at day care.
Keith reported her disappearance to the police when he returned to an empty house that afternoon, suspicious that his wife and two kids, ages 2 and 4, were not home to greet him after work.
Keith then called his children’s day care, and was told Sherri hadn’t picked up the kids.
After searching the home, Keith told investigators he used the “Find my iPhone” app to locate his wife’s cell phone about a mile from the home. Later, her ear buds and strands of her long blonde hair were found along the route.
“She is my wife, and I know everything about her,” Keith said in an interview with People. “I know that my wife would never leave me and never in a million years leave our kids.”
He was also ordered by authorities to take a polygraph test, which he passed.
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with more information to call 530-245-6135.