Mind-boggling details are emerging about the mysterious case of Sherri Papini, a mother who was allegedly abducted last fall while jogging in Shasta County, California. Papini, 35, was released by her captors a few weeks later, on Thanksgiving, and she was found emaciated, shackled and partially clothed alongside a highway.
On Wednesday, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office stated that they found the DNA of two people on the articles of clothing Papini was wearing when she was found. According to the Los Angeles Times, those DNA samples belonged to a woman and a man. However, Papini said she was abducted by two women.
Police have released sketches of the females, almost a year after Papini’s abduction.
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.
On November 2, 2016, Papini’s husband reported her missing after realizing she never picked their young children up from day care. His 911 call to police can now be downloaded from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office. Her cellphone and a pair of headphones were located about a mile from their home, where she was jogging.
Weeks later, Papini flagged down a motorist in the wee hours of Thanksgiving. She was 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.
The motorist who spotted her called 911. Her kidnappers had broken Papini’s nose, branded her shoulder and cut her hair to shoulder-length, police said. 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.
A reward of $10,000 is being offered to information that can lead to the identification of the suspects in this case. If you recognize these individuals or have any information, please contact the Sacramento Office of the FBI at (916) 746-7000 (press 1 to file a report) or tips.fbi.gov. You may also contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate. Tips may be submitted anonymously.
[Images: Facebook, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office]