Listen: Sherri Papini’s husband sensed she was in danger immediately, according to recently-released 911 call

Almost a year after California woman Sherri Papini was abducted while out on a jog, authorities released her husband’s full 911 call, made shortly after he found her headphones and cellphone.

“I found her phone. It’s got, like, hair ripped out of it, like in the headphones, so I’m totally freaking out thinking somebody, like, grabbed her,” Keith Papini says during a 911 call on Nov. 2, 2016.

Keith Papini said he sensed immediately something was off, but he told the 911 operator he wasn’t sure if he was allowed to knock on every door in his neighborhood in an attempt to find his wife.

“We live down kind of a sketchy street, so I definitely — I don’t know if I’m allowed to knock on everybody’s door but I will if I’m allowed to do that.”

The 911 operator instructed Keith to make sure both of his children were picked up from school, then to return to his home and wait there in case his wife arrived.

Listen to the full 911 call below


Sherri Papini disappeared on Nov. 2, 2016 while jogging in her Shasta Lake neighborhood. Authorities later found her on Thanksgiving Day 2016, on the side of a rural road off of the I-5 freeway in Yolo, with her hands and feet shackled. The emaciated Papini was “branded,” with her hair chopped shorter, and cuts and bruises all over her body.


Photo of Sherri Papini’s kidnappers [Photo: FBI]
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Papini said one older woman and one younger woman, both Hispanic, took her while she was out jogging. She said the abductors wore bandanas over their mouths and covered her head with a bag for most of the time. They physically abused her before pushing her out of their car and leaving her along Interstate 5 in Yolo County on Thanksgiving Day 2016, with a hose tied around her hands and ankles and a metal chain tied around her waist.

The suspects are described as Hispanic. The younger suspect is between 2o to 30 years old, stands around 5’5″ with a medium build, pierced ears and coarse, curly black hair. The older suspect is between 4o to 50 years old, stands around 5’7″ with a large build, straight and longs black hair with a little gray in it, pierced ears and thick eyebrows.

The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the  Sacramento Office of the FBI at 916- 746-7000 or email

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