The search continues in Redding, California for a mother of two who hasn’t been seen since going out for a run. Sherri Papini, 34, texted her husband Keith Wednesday morning, asking if he was coming home from lunch. He didn’t respond until almost 2pm, telling her no. Her usual routine was to go out for a run in the early afternoon before picking their two children up at daycare. When Keith came home that evening and found out she had never picked up the kids, he knew something was desperately wrong.
“She would never in a million years not pick up our children on a time that she normally would have,” he told ABC news. Keith then used the Find My Phone app to try to locate her. He found her phone abandoned, with her hair still attached to the earbuds, on the side of the road near where she was last seen jogging. Suzanne Papini, Sherri’s sister-in-law, told the Ventura County Star, “It really points to she’s been taken. I mean, she wouldn’t just drop her phone if she was running away.”
Sherri’s disappearance is disturbingly reminiscent of other recent incidents of woman who have been the victims of crimes while out jogging alone. Last July, 31-year-old nurse Alexandra Brueger was shot and killed while jogging in Michigan. Less than a week later, Karina Vetrano, 30, was sexually assaulted and strangled to death while out for an evening jog in a desolate stretch of parkland in Queens, New York. And soon after, the dead body of 27-year-old Google accounts manager Vanessa Marcotte was naked and burned in the woods near Princeton, Massachusetts, where she had gone jogging while visiting her mother. No suspects have been arrested in any of the above cases. Sherri Papini’s family is offering a $50,000 reward for any information about her disappearance