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Redding Woman Who Vanished Weeks Ago Found Safe


Randol White | Capital Public Radio

UPDATE 11/26/2016 12:03 p.m.: (AP) - A newspaper report says a Northern California woman found near an interstate had been chained to an object and badly beaten.

The Sacramento Bee on Friday cited a radio dispatch recording it obtained describing the reappearance of 34-year-old Sherri Papini.

The dispatch recording quotes California Highway Patrol officers as saying Papini was chained to an unspecified object. The officers also told dispatchers that the woman was heavily battered.

Papini was found near Interstate 5 on Thursday after disappearing while jogging on Nov. 2. Police are looking for two women who allegedly left her near the spot she was found by a passing motorist.


UPDATE 11/23/2016 4:40 p.m.: 

Law enforcement officers in the Sacramento Valley are looking for two armed women in a black SUV Thanksgiving afternoon, who are suspected of kidnapping a Redding woman earlier this month.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Thursday his office was notified around 4:30 a.m. that Sherri Papini, 34, was found on the side of County Road 17 near I-5 in Yolo County, northwest of Woodland. Bosenko said Papini was released by her captors, and was found bound with restraints. 

Papini was then taken to a hospital, where she was reported to be in good health. Bosenko said her husband, Keith Papini was able to meet up with his wife at the hospital.

Papini was last seen jogging near her home on November 2. She was reported missing when she failed to pick up her children at a daycare center that same day. 

Keith Papini, told investigators that he found his wife’s cell phone and earbuds about a mile from their family home in Redding.

The Sheriff said the women who released Sherri Papini have at least a handgun, and should be considered dangerous.

“Until we identify the suspect or suspects, the public should remain cautious,” said Bosenko. “We’re confident that with the public’s help, we’ll make an arrest in this particular case.”

The Sheriff also said his office has sensitive information that is being withheld as of the Thursday afternoon press conference, as the case is still an active and ongoing investigation.

Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Tipline: 530-245-6135
Shasta County Secret Witness: 530-243-2319
Email a tip: mcu@co.shasta.ca.us

ORIGINAL 11/23/2016: (AP) - Police say a Northern California mother of two who went missing nearly a month ago has been found safe and in stable condition.

The Sacramento Bee reported Thursday that Sherri Papini is receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Department says she is also being interviewed by detectives from its major crimes unit.

Authorities did not elaborate.

Papini, 34, vanished Nov. 2 after leaving home to jog.

Her husband, Keith, reported her missing when she didn't arrive to pick up their two young children from day care.

Searchers had previously combed an area around Mountain Gate, an unincorporated community near Redding, in Northern California's Shasta County.

Her family and an anonymous donor also offered rewards in an effort to find her.

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