Sheriff: Mom held captive for weeks emotional after release
SAN FRANCISCO >> A woman who was kidnapped after leaving her Northern California home to jog and held captive for three weeks was “very emotional” after a passing driver found her on the side of a rural road, a local sheriff said Friday.
Authorities were looking for two armed women they believe abducted Sherri Papini, 34, on Nov. 2, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said in an interview on “Good Morning America.” He called it very rare for her to be released about 150 miles south of where she disappeared near Redding.
Papini was found Thanksgiving morning bound by restraints near Interstate 5, but she was able to flag down a driver, Bosenko said. The motorist 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,” the sheriff said.