Authorities believe that the suspects who allegedly abducted California woman, Sherri Papini, earlier this month, left her to die on the side of the highway.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Papini, 34, was abducted on November 2 while jogging in Shasta County. On Thanksgiving morning, she found along Interstate 5 in Yolo County, severely beaten and bound up. The story sparked speculation and rumors across social media when no known motive for the abduction was released. Yet, authorities indicated that the sensitive information obtained could possibly compromise the case if disclosed. However, the case remains “critical and active.”
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According to the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) dispatch log, Papini’s hands and legs were tied up, and it appears that while on the scene, police found her chained to something, but so far, the details remain unclear.
“CHP is on scene, and is advising she is chained to something…..CHP is advising she is heavily battered,” said the dispatcher.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko hopes to put some of the speculation to rest. He stated that there’s no reason to believe Papini, who told police two Hispanic females abducted her, made the story up.
“We currently have no reason to disbelieve Sherri Papini’s story. She was assaulted and had injuries, which she was treated for.”
The details of the scene were reportedly so awful that authorities believe the suspects left Papini for dead. Both suspects remain at large, and so far, there isn’t a lot of information to go on. The suspects may possibly be driving a dark SUV. Bosenki stated that “the public should remain cautious.”
Pappini was treated at a local hospital and is said to be doing well, physically. She’s happy to be home and reunited with her husband and children. Authorities are asking for the public to respect the family’s privacy, but stated that the investigation was “far from over.”
Anyone with any information regarding the crime is urged to call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 530-245-6135, or the Shasta County Secret Witness number at 530-243-2319.
[Featured Photo by Shasta Country Sheriff’s Office]