Missing Northern California mother found safe after abduction, weekslong disappearance

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Thursday, November 24, 2016
Missing Redding mother of 3 found safe
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Redding mother Sherri Pappini, who was reported missing on November 2, was found safe, according to police.

REDDING, Calif. -- A Redding mother who was reported missing on Nov. 2 has been located after an abduction and weekslong disappearance, according to authorities.

Shasta County sheriff's officials held a press conference on Thanksgiving and gave few details on the safe return of Sherri Papini, a mother of three.

Authorities said they received word that Papini was located around 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning. She was released by her captor near the 5 Freeway in Yolo County and summoned a passing car for help.

Investigators said Papini was freed from her restraints and treated at a local hospital. Sheriff's officials believe she was abducted while jogging on the morning of Nov. 2.

"Until we identify the suspect or suspects the public should remain conscious," said Sheriff Tom Bosenko. "We're looking for a dark-colored SUV with two Hispanic females armed with a handgun."

Officials said Papini was safe, in stable condition, and receiving medical clearance at an undisclosed hospital.

She has been reunited with her husband, Keith, and was interviewed by detectives.

Bosenko credited social media, local and national media for helping in Papini's safe return.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call (530) 245-6135, or an anonymous tip-line at (530) 243-2319.