Family Fears Missing Jogger Was 'Taken'

Sherri Papini vanished Wednesday in California
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2016 9:39 AM CST
Family Fears Missing Jogger Was 'Taken'
Sherri Papini   (Shasta County Sheriff’s Office)

Family members fear a California woman has been abducted after she went for a jog on Wednesday and never returned. Sherri Papini, a 34-year-old mother of two, seemingly vanished while jogging around 2pm Wednesday near her home in a rural neighborhood of Redding, reports Redding's Record Searchlight. Relatives say her husband arrived home from work around 5pm and immediately realized his wife was missing as she hadn't picked up their children, aged 2 and 4, from daycare, reports KRCR. Using the Find My iPhone app, Keith Papini discovered his wife's phone on the side of a road at an intersection less than a mile from their home, but she was nowhere to be found, reports ABC News. NBC News notes that the headphones were still plugged in, and strands of her hair were present.

"She was definitely taken against her will," her husband says. "She could drop her phone but she would never in a million years not pick up our children." The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says it's investigating registered sex offenders in the area—there are reportedly four living within a mile radius of the phone's location—but "so far no leads have come from those particular individuals," an officer says. Members of the public who've been searching the area have discovered only a few items that could be linked to the case, a rep for Nor-Cal Alliance for the Missing tells the Record Searchlight, without elaborating. A $50,000 reward is offered for information leading to Papini's whereabouts. (Two joggers were brutally killed in August.)

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