A woman who was reportedly abducted while out jogging was chained to an object and heavily beaten.
Sherri Papini, 34, of Redding, California, was kidnapped on November 2. She was found bound with restraints after her kidnappers released her on the side of a road three weeks later in the early hours of Thanksgiving, November 24.
She was able to flag down a passing motorist that morning on Interstate 5 in Yolo County.
Audio from police dispatchers at the time, obtained by The Sacramento Bee, heard how "she [was] chained to something." Around a minute later, someone says,
She is heavily battered and it is a confirmed kidnapping.
The motorist called 911, and Sherri was taken to a hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
She has since been reunited with her family.
The alarm was initially raised after Sherri's husband Kieth could not make contact with her about picking up their kids from school.
She had gone out for a late morning run on November 2 and had not returned.
Kieth retraced her steps and found her cell phone and headphones around a mile from their home.
He notified the police and a large-scale search ensued following nationwide appeals from multiple news outlets.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Sherri was "classified as a missing person at risk."
During a news conference, he said,
We have remained devoted to this case and will not rest until Sherri's captor is identified and brought to justice. We're confident, with the public's help, we can make an arrest in this case.
He said the hunt is on for two women, believed to be Hispanic.
They were seen driving dark-colored SUV and are reported to be armed and dangerous. The sheriff added,
They have a handgun.
He thanked the press for its widespread coverage of the missing person case.
Citations: The Sacramento Bee