On Tuesday, Shasta County Sheriff’s investigators released a surveillance video that appears to show Sherri Papini running through a church parking lot after she was released by her abductors last Thanksgiving at 4:15 AM.
The video shows the mother running past the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A few moments later, she runs back the other way, back toward Interstate 5.
“She went to the church looking for help,” Shasta County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Jackson told the Los Angeles Times. However, at a little after 4 AM, nobody was there.
Three weeks before a surveillance camera captured this footage, Papini, now 35, was allegedly abducted while jogging in Shasta County, California. Her husband reported her missing after he realized she never picked up their young children from daycare. His 911 call to police can be downloaded from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.
The mother was released by her captors on Thanksgiving, and not long after Papini ran past the church, she was found emaciated, shackled and partially clothed alongside Interstate 5. She flagged down a motorist who found her wearing a quarter-inch-thick chain around her waist and hose clamps around her wrists, according to the LA Times. She weighed only 87 pounds, and her face was full of bruises.
Papini described the two kidnappers as women who mostly spoke Spanish. She described one as being older, with straight, gray-black hair and thick eyebrows. The other suspect has been described as a woman with long, curly hair, thin eyebrows, pierced ears and a thick accent. They often had a bag over Papini’s head and they freed her by kicking her out of their SUV, according to a police press release. Papini told police she was not sexually assaulted during her kidnapping.
[Photo: Shasta County Sheriff’s Department]