Sherri Papini was described as “very emotional” and “elated” after being freed from an apparent kidnapping.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 25, 2016, 2:30 PM
The missing California mom found bound by restraints on a rural roadside Thursday was “very emotional” to be free and finally hear her husband’s voice, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Friday.
Sherri Papini, 34, was mysteriously and abruptly dumped by her captors close to Interstate 5 near Sacramento — about 130 miles south from where she vanished — and managed to flag down a passing motorist “a short amount of time” later during the predawn hours of Thanksgiving morning, the sheriff said.
“The California Highway Patrol was able to connect her with her husband via cell phone, and he immediately started responding down to the Yolo County/Sacramento area,” Bosenko told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“Of course, she was very emotional to be released and hear her husband’s voice and then, a few hours later, to be reunited with him,” the sheriff said.
“Obviously, she was emotional and quite upset but elated to be free, and so we were able to get some information from her,” he added. “Then in the days following this, we will be following up with her.”
The sheriff said authorities now are searching for two Hispanic women considered armed and dangerous driving a dark SUV.
“We hope we can get additional information to identify (her captors), maybe the SUV, and hopefully they can be found and brought to justice,” says Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.
Bosenko said it’s believed the women were behind the abduction, but he did not elaborate.
ABC News reported the description of the women was based on “voice recognition,” suggesting Papini wasn’t able to view their faces during her captivity.
Bosenko said investigators hoped to speak with the victim again soon because she was only able to give “limited” information Thursday.
“We hope we can get additional information to identify (her captors), maybe the SUV, and hopefully they can be found and brought to justice,” he said.
Papini vanished while out on an afternoon jog Nov. 2 in the small town of Mountain Gate near Redding in Shasta County.
The victim’s husband Keith Papini tells ABC News that he believes she was abducted.
Her husband reported her missing after she failed to pick their two young kids up from day care.
Her iPhone was tracked and found abandoned on the side of a road along with some strands of her blonde hair.
The husband was ruled out as a suspect after passing a polygraph, according to ABC.
Authorities have not described Papini’s injuries other than to say they were not life-threatening.
“It’s a very rare occurrence,” Bosenko told ABC, describing her release after three weeks.