Cal­i­for­nia woman found chained to ob­ject, beaten

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A North­ern Cal­i­for­nia woman was chained to an ob­ject and had been badly beaten when found near an in­ter­state three weeks af­ter she dis­ap­peared while jog­ging, ac­cord­ing to a news­pa­per cit­ing a po­licedis­patch record­ing. The Sacra­mento Bee re­ported that it ac­quired an au­dio clip of the ex­change be­tween dis­patch­ers and of­fi­cers in the mo­ments af­ter 34-year-old Sherri Pap­ini flagged down a pass­ing mo­torist near In­ter­state 5. “CHP is on scene and ad­vised that she is chained to some­thing,” a ra­dio dis­patcher told a re­spond­ing of­fi­cer. “CHP is ad­vis­ing that she is heav­ily bat­tered.”

Au­thor­i­ties pre­vi­ously said Pap­ini was in­jured badly enough to re­quire med­i­cal treat­ment when she was found be­fore dawn Thurs­day, but have given no de­tails of her con­di­tion. Calls to Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol spokes­men were not im­me­di­ately re­turned Fri­day night.

Ear­lier Fri­day, a fam­ily mem­ber and law en­force­ment said they ex­pected Pap­ini to spend her first few days of free­dom qui­etly, with fam­ily. “We are very, very thank­ful and very ec­static,” sis­ter Sheila Koester, 36, told The As­so­ci­ated Press by tele­phone. “It’s the best Thanks­giv­ing that any­one could ask for.”

‘Very trau­matic event’

Speak­ing sep­a­rately at a news con­fer­ence, Koester de­clined ques­tions about her sis­ter’s dis­ap­pear­ance and res­cue and the on­go­ing Shasta County crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion to find those re­spon­si­ble, say­ing she knew no de­tails. “Right now she’s been through a very trau­matic event, and needs time with her fam­ily,” Koester said.

A mo­torist spot­ted Pap­ini be­fore dawn Thurs­day near In­ter­state 5 about 150 miles south of the area where she had van­ished, out­side her home near Red­ding. Shasta County Sher­iff Tom Bosenko told re­porters on Thurs­day that au­thor­i­ties are look­ing for two women, armed with a hand­gun and driv­ing an SUV, who al­legedly re­leased Pap­ini near the in­ter­state that morn­ing.

The mo­torist who spot­ted Pap­ini called au­thor­i­ties, who con­nected the mother of two to her hus­band by cell­phone. “She was very emo­tional to be re­leased and hear her hus­band’s voice and then a few hours later to be re­united with him,” Bosenko told “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica” on Fri­day. Bosenko says Pap­ini, the mother of two chil­dren, was treated and re­leased at a lo­cal hospi­tal for un­spec­i­fied in­juries af­ter her reap­pear­ance. The sher­iff told re­porters hours af­ter Pap­ini’s res­cue that he was with­hold­ing some in­for­ma­tion he con­sid­ered sen­si­tive for the sake of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “Ob­vi­ously she was emo­tional and quite up­set, but elated to be freed, and so we were able to get some in­for­ma­tion from her,” Bosenko told “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica.” “Then, in the days fol­low­ing this, we will be fol­low­ing up with her.”

The Shasta County sher­iff’s de­part­ment did not re­spond to calls and emails from The As­so­ci­ated Press seek­ing fur­ther comment Fri­day. San­dra Oswald, a 29-year-old com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer in Red­ding, had helped run search groups to look for the miss­ing woman. Oswald is a run­ner, like Pap­ini, and said her sud­den van­ish­ing hit close to home. “It was just the big­gest bless­ing, not only for the fam­ily but for the com­mu­nity that’s been try­ing to find her,” Oswald said of Pap­ini’s re­turn. “Now, it’s just pray­ing for them and her re­cov­ery.” — AP

RED­DING, Cal­i­for­nia: A sec­tion of road along County Road 17 from the In­ter­state 5 over­pass. Shown on Fri­day, Nov 25, 2016, is where Sherry Pap­ini, a 34-year-old wife and mother was found on Thanks­giv­ing Day. —AP

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