Authorities continue to search for evidence in the case of Northern California woman Sherri Papini, who’s been missing for more than two weeks. Just days ago, an anonymous source announced the offer of a reward for the individual who is holding Sherri, according to KRCR TV News.
Although authorities have not classified Sherri’s vanishing as an abduction, her husband, Keith Papini, has spoken publicly saying his wife was definitely kidnapped. Keith noted that everyone who knows Sherri is certain she had no reason to want to leave voluntarily, The Sacramento Bee reported.
A letter from the unknown donor to the presumed abductor said the following.
“I am willing to pay you in whatever way you can creatively think about where you feel safe and where nothing can be tracked to you.”
The donor further notes that there will be no communication with law enforcement regarding the offer. Furthermore, the letter stated the following.
“I am not interested in leads to her disappearance; I am only interested in paying for her immediate release.”
Redding man Cameron Gamble, who appears in a video on the website, “says he’s an international kidnapping and ransom consultant,” according to the Record Searchlight. Gamble indicated he did not create the website or write the letter that appears on it, but the anonymous individual who did so placed Gamble’s information on the site.
USA Today reported that the person offering the reward for Sherri’s release does not reside in the area, and the money is only being offered through Wednesday, at which time “it is off the table,” according to Gamble.
Sheriff Tom Bosenko has stated, according to USA Today, he is concerned with both the letter and the website, stating, “…if she [Sherri] was being held by someone, we think we or the family would have been contacted by the abductors by now if they wanted to hold her for ransom.”
According to WKAL 1450, Sherri was reported missing on November 2 at around 6 p.m. after going jogging a few hours earlier. She was seen last jogging alone on Sunrise Drive in Redding, California.
Keith became extremely concerned when he learned Sherri had failed to pick up their two children from daycare on the day she vanished. WKAL 1450 reports Keith said although it was possible Sherri could have dropped her cell phone, he noted there is “no way” she would have failed to pick up their children “on a time that she normally would have.”
After Keith found Sherri’s cell phone on the side of a rural Redding road using a phone locating app, he became even more concerned, according to The Sacramento Bee.
WKAL 1450 further reported that Keith noted he received a text message from Sherri the morning of her disappearance, in which she asked if he would be home for lunch. Keith said he didn’t respond to Sherri’s message until about 1:39 p.m. because he doesn’t typically carry his personal cell phone with him while he’s working.
Authorities indicate Keith has been cooperating with law enforcement and has passed a polygraph test indicating he had no involvement in his wife’s disappearance, according to the Record Searchlight.
On November 16, Sheriff Bosenko announced that area residents “should not panic” about kidnappings in the region, indicating there was still not enough evidence to call Sherri’s vanishing an abduction or not, according to the Record Searchlight. He added that “If this was an abduction, it’s really rare. We don’t have any indication, any evidence to say it was or wasn’t.”
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 5’4″ tall and weighs approximately 100 lbs. KRCR TV reports that nothing has turned up although search teams have “combed the area all weekend.”
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 email@example.com.
[Featured Image by Shasta County Sheriff’s Office]