Calif. jogger found alive after missing for 3 weeks: officials
Sherri Papini of Redding, California went missing on Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016. Relatives believe she may have been abducted.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Thursday, November 24, 2016, 7:01 PM
The missing California jogger who disappeared three weeks ago was found alive, officials said Thursday.
Sherri Papini, 34, was last seen jogging along the Oregon Trail and Sunset Drive around 2 p.m. on Nov. 2, Shasta County officials said.
“She is safe, in stable condition and receiving medical clearance at an undisclosed hospital,” the Shasta County Sheriff’s office said in a statement. “She has been reunited with her husband, Keith.”
Sherri was located “out of the area” in Sacramento’s Yellow County around 4:30 p.m. Thursday, before her captor released her on a road near Interstate-5, Shasta County Sherrif Tom Bosenko said at a press conference.
“She was bound with restraints, but was able to summon help from a passing motorist,” the sheriff said.
Emergency responders then transported Sherri to a nearby hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Her husband, Keith Papini, was immediately notified by the California Highway Patrol and was able to talk to Sherri over the phone.
Keith rushed to the hospital where he currently remains by his wife’s side, Bosenko said.
But Bosenko says the investigation is far from over.
“We will not rest until Sherri’s captor or captors are identified and brought to justice,” he declared, adding that the community should remain cautious.
Keith Papini, Sherri’s husband, told ABC News that he believes she was abducted. He reported to police after she failed to pick up their children from daycare on Nov.2.
Based off Papini’s interviews with investigators, police are searching for a dark colored SUV and two women they consider “dangerous” and armed with a hand gun, the sheriff said
Before Sherri was found, many of her family members and husband suspected that she was abducted.
“She was definitely taken against her will,” Keith said in an interview after his wife’s disappearance.
Keith reported his wife missing after she failed to pick up their two children from daycare that afternoon.
Sherri texted him at 10:37 a.m., to ask if he would come home for lunch, but Keith did not respond to her message until 1:39 p.m. because he was at work, he said.
When Keith arrived to their empty home, he immediately used his “Find My iPhone” app to track Sherri’s phone along the Oregon Trail.
For weeks, investigators had no leads — only her phone, earbuds and a few strands of hair believed to be Sherri’s, as evidence.
Bosenko called for the family’s privacy as they “reunite in peace,” citing that the investigation has “touched our entire community.”
“On this day of Thanksgiving and every day please remind those close to you how much they are appreciated and loved,” Bosenko said.