With few solid leads to follow, investigators have made little progress in finding the two women that Sherri Papini said grabbed her at gun point from a jogging trail, and held her captive in isolation for three weeks.
Photos of the 34-year-old mother of two appeared to show life returning to normal for her nearly two months after she was found bound and emaciated on a roadside, 150 miles from where she disappeared. Papini seemed to be putting out a bowl of water for a dog on the doorstep of her Redding, California, home as she left with her husband, Keith, and two young children.
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) January 10, 2017
The new photos, which were taken by a professional photographer who apparently was waiting outside of the home for a chance to capture the images, shows Papini heavily dressed in an overcoat with a hoodie and a hat covering her head. Only part of her face could be seen, in contrast to her husband who was wearing an unbuttoned flannel shirt and her youngest child, who was not wearing shoes.
Papini went missing on November 2, 2016, leaving behind her cell phone along the path where she was jogging in her northern California community. The search for her ended when she flagged down a motorist in rural Yolo County, California, before dawn on Thanksgiving morning.
She told investigators she was kidnapped at gunpoint by two Hispanic women, whose faces she hardly saw because of masks they wore, and a hood kept over her head during much of the ordeal. Papini was unable to give enough physical details to allow a police artist to create sketches of the kidnappers.
Papini, already a slim woman of about 100 pounds before going missing, weighed just 87 pounds when she was rescued. Along with bruises on her body was a “brand” that the sheriff speculated was put on her by “a very sick person.”
“I would think that was some sort of either an exertion of power and control and/or maybe some type of message that the brand contained,” Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told ABC’s Good Morning America. “It is not a symbol, but it was a message.”
[Feature Photo: Shasta County Sheriff’s Office]