It’s been almost a year since California mom Sherri Papini was brutally kidnapped from her home, beaten and branded before being dumped on a highway on Thanksgiving morning.
The incident was so traumatic that it’s only now that Papini, who has been living as a recluse since her abduction, has been able to describe her attackers to a forensic sketch artist.
‘It has taken time for Sherri to recover to a point to be able to provide accurate details to the sketch artist,’ the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said in news release. ‘The sketches then needed to be finalized and approved for release by the FBI.’
New sketches of Hispanic suspects accused of kidnapping and beating Sherri Papini are released after ELEVEN months. The first woman (left) is aged between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with curly dark hair, thin eyebrows and pierced ears. The second (right) woman was 40-50 about 5ft 7 in tall, with long, straight black hair with some gray in it
It’s been almost a year since California mom Sherri Papini was brutally kidnapped from her home (pictured before the abduction)
She told police that her kidnappers, both Hispanic women, had taken care to cover their faces but she was still able to describe them in surprising detail.
The first woman was aged between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches tall, with curly dark hair, thin eyebrows and pierced ears, she said. The second woman was between 40 and 50 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with long, straight black hair with some gray in it, thick eyebrows and pierced ears, the FBI said.
Anyone who recognizes either woman is urged to call the police.
Papini said the women were driving a dark-colored SUV with a ‘large rear side window’ when she was abducted.
‘Sherri continues to look at photographs of various makes and models of SUV’s in an effort to provide a more detailed description,’ the sheriff’s office said.
Rare sighting: Sherri Papini was spotted in a rare venture outside of her Shasta Lakes home to pick up her two children from daycare last month, nearly a year after she was kidnapped
Papini disappeared while she was out jogging near her home in Redding, California, on November 2, 2016.
Her husband Keith made a number of frantic calls to the cops telling them he’d returned home but his wife wasn’t there.
Papini’s phone was discovered a mile away at the intersection of Sunrise Drive and Old Oregon Highway – neatly placed on the ground and with the headphones tidily wrapped around it.
Keith, who said at the time that his wife would never leave him or their children voluntarily, also launched an appeal – a GoFundMe account raising cash to pay for the search.
Managed by his sister Suzanne, who now lives in Long Beach, California, the Bring Sherri Home Safe appeal eventually raised a total of $49,070 – just short of the $50,000 goal. It is not clear what has happened to the money.
Papini was eventually found 150 miles away in the 452-person town of Yolo, which is approximately 15 miles north of Sacramento, early on the morning of November 24.
Supermom: Papini – mother to Tyler, five, and Violet, three – is described by neighbors as living a ‘reclusive’ existence while also trying to put her life back together since her ordeal
According to police, she was found on a rural road just off the I-5 freeway and, despite being chained, had managed to flag down a passing car.
Her long hair had been hacked off and Sheriff Bosenko said she had also been beaten and branded by her alleged captors.
‘Sherri appeared battered and bruised, her hair had been cut to shoulder length and she had a brand on her right shoulder,’ the sheriff’s office said. ‘Sherri, however, stated she had not been sexually assaulted, and there is no physical evidence to indicate otherwise.’
She was also branded with a threatening message.
‘The Sheriff’s Office continues to examine the brand and its possible meaning, but details of the brand remain confidential as part of the on-going investigation,’ police said.
In a subsequent interview with police, Papini said she had been taken by two Hispanic women who went to great lengths to conceal their faces. Their car is understood to have been a dark SUV.