It’s been six days since Northern California woman Sherri Papini, 34, vanished after heading out for an afternoon jog. The wife and mother of two children, who was nicknamed “Supermom” by her family and friends, is described as someone who would never voluntarily disappear.
On Sunday, Sherri’s husband, Keith Papini, spoke out, stating in an interview that aired on Good Morning America, that his wife was most certainly kidnapped, according to The Sacramento Bee.
“Everybody who knows my wife knows that there’s no reason for her to leave… She was definitely taken against her will.”
In a KRCR TV interview, Keith can be seen speaking directly to his wife, calling her “Honey” and telling her he’s doing all he can to find her and that he loves her. He said he believes Sherri has been abducted and what’s happened is “the worst thing in the world…” Keith also had a message to anyone who may have been involved in Sherri’s disappearance, saying the following as tears welled up in his eyes.
“Bring her home. Bring her home… Bring her home safe… There’s a $50,000 reward. Bring her home.”
WKAL 1450 reports Sherri was initially reported missing on November 2 at around 6 p.m. after going jogging at about 2 p.m. She was last seen during her jog alone on Sunrise Drive in Redding, California.
Her husband’s concerns grew when he learned she had not picked up their two children from daycare on Wednesday. WKAL 1450 reports Keith said, although it was possible Sherri could have dropped her cell phone, there is “no way” that she would have failed to pick up their children “on a time that she normally would have.”
According to WKAL 1450, Keith said he received a text message from Sherri that morning asking if he was going to be home for lunch. He noted he didn’t respond to the message until about 1:39 p.m. because he doesn’t carry his personal cell phone while on the job.
Keith became even more worried after he found Sherri’s cell phone on the side of a rural road, using Apple’s phone locating app, “Find My iPhone,” according to KRCR TV.
Searchers continue to look for Sherri in the area of Sunrise Drive and Old Oregon Trail in the Mountain Gate area. KRCR TV reports that nothing has turned up regarding Sherri’s case although search teams have “combed the area all weekend.”
KRCR TV reports that law enforcement has also been going through surveillance video from homes and businesses in the area where Papini vanished, however, the Shasta County sheriff’s office indicates there is no sign of the missing mother in the footage.
In addition, detectives with the Major Crimes Unit have received approximately 150 tips regarding Sherri’s disappearance, which they are now sifting through, KRCR TV reports.
According to Inside Edition, Sherri’s case is not the first in which a woman has vanished while jogging alone. Karina Vetrano, 30, was murdered while “jogging on a remote path in Queens, New York,” according to the report, while only six days later, Google executive Vanessa Marcotte, 27, was slain while “jogging near her mother’s home in Massachusetts.”
Sherri was last seen wearing a pink and black jogging outfit and is described as being white with blond hair and blue eyes. She is 5 foot, 4 inches tall and weighs approximately 100 lbs.
The Sacramento Bee reports Secret Witness of Shasta County is offering a $10,000 reward for information that will lead law enforcement to a suspect in the case. Also, the Papini family is offering a $40,000 reward. In addition, a Go Fund Me campaign has been started to help increase the reward now being offered.
Anyone with information regarding Sherri Papini’s case is urged to call authorities at 530-245-6540, or the Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135. Tips can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Featured Image by Shasta County Sheriff’s Office]