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Mother of Two Vanishes During Afternoon Jog, Family Fear She’s Been Abducted

The town of Redding, California, has been left reeling after Sherri Papini, a mother of two, disappeared during an afternoon jog on Wednesday, November 2. 

Sherri’s husband, Keith Papini, reported her missing to police after finding the house empty when he returned home from work shortly before 6 p.m. The couple’s two children, ages 2 and 4, were never picked up from daycare. 

Using the Find My iPhone app Keith located the bubbly 34-year-old’s mobile device and earbuds at Old Oregon Trail and Sunrise Drive. 

Sherri Papini
Sherri Papini

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“Everybody who knows my wife knows that there’s no reason for her to leave … She was definitely taken against her will,” Keith told ABC News in an interview Sunday, November 6. 

He added: “Knowing that she didn’t pick up our kids, there is no way that ever happens. She could drop her phone but she would never in a million years not pick up our children on a time that she normally would have.”

At a press conference on Thursday, November 3, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said that deputies are checking in with registered sex offenders who live near where Sherri vanished. According to Sheriff Bosenko, Sherri is considered “missing and at risk.” 

Sherri Papini
Sherri Papini

Sherri is described as a 5-foot-4, 100-pound blonde with blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink jogging top. Her family is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone with information leading to her location.

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“She’s here with [the kids] every day gardening and doing projects,” Keith’s sister Suzanne Papini told the Ventura County Star. “There is no way she would just take off.” 

Sherri is the fourth female jogger in the U.S. to go missing since July 30, per the New York Post.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Papini.

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