The family and friends of a 34-year-old California mother fear the woman may have been abducted as she went for a routine jog last Wednesday, reports say.
Sherri Papini was last seen at around 2 p.m. on Old Oregon Trail and Sunrise Drive on Nov. 2 near Redding, a rural town in the northern part of the state, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said at a news conference.
KRCR reported on Nov. 3 that “the sheriff explained at this time investigators do not have any evidence or information pointing to an abduction, but are not ruling it out saying it’s still early in the investigation.”
“Everybody who knows my wife knows that there’s no reason for her to leave,” Papini’s husband, Keith, told Good Morning America of the mom-of-two on Monday. “She was definitely taken against her will.”
Keith reported his wife missing that evening after he returned home to find neither Papini nor their two children, who Papini usually picks up from day care, Bosenko said. (The children were at daycare, having not been picked up.)
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“She could drop her phone but she would never in a million years not pick up our children on the time that she normally would have,” Keith told GMA.
Keith used the Find my iPhone application and located his wife’s cell phone near the intersection of Old Oregon Trail and Sunrise Drive.
He said he last received a text from Papini at 10:37 a.m., asking if he planned to return home for lunch.
Search teams have been scouring the area since the woman disappeared. And the family has offered a $50,000 reward to anyone with information leading to Papini’s whereabouts, according to ABC News and the Help Find Sherri Papini Facebook page.
“She was out for a run. She wouldn’t leave her babies,” Sheila Koester, 36, told the Ventura County Star of her sister.
Koester told ABC: “She has a family that loves her. Please just bring her home.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Papini.