The California mother-of-two who was discovered on Thursday three weeks after she went missing had an emotional conversation with the local mayor on Friday to thank her and the residents of the town for their support and help.
Redding Mayor Missy McCarthy wrote on Twitter Friday: ‘I just got a call from Keith and Sherri Papini tearfully thanking our GREAT community for all our efforts to bring her home. Thx everyone!!!’
Sherri vanished while out jogging near her home in Redding, California, on November 2.
The 34-year-old was discovered around 4:30am on Thanksgiving when she flagged down a passing motorist on I-5 in Woodland near Sacramento, some 150 miles way from where she went missing.
She has seen her husband Keith and will finally get the chance to see her two young children on Friday.
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Sherri has been reunited with her husband Keith (above with their Tyler, four, and Violet, two), who was ruled out as a suspect in her disappearance by a lie detector test
Sherri Papini and her husband Keith tearfully thanked the mayor and residents of their town on Friday
Sherri Papini’s two children Tyler, 4, and Violet, 2, smile in a photo posted by Keith papini on Thursday
‘Thank You everyone for your thoughts and prayers…What a great Thanksgiving,’ wrote Ken Papini on Facebook after his daughter-in-law was found
Sherri’s father-in-law shared his joy about Sherri’s discovery on Thursday.
‘Thank You everyone for your thoughts and prayers…What a great Thanksgiving,’ wrote Ken Papini on Facebook.
He later posted a photo of the couple’s two young children Tyler and Violet in chef’s hats and aprons, and wrote: ‘Thank You All, the children are having a great Thanksgiving.’
Police are now on the hunt for two Hispanic women in a dark SUV who may posisbly be armed.
Details surrounding her kidnapping were scarce on Thursday as Shasta County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement she had been found alive.
It is not known if Papini knew her captors, was harmed by them or what their motives may have been.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told a press conference that specific pieces of information were being withheld as investigations continued but that officers were confident an arrest for Sherri’s kidnapping would be made.
‘I’m happy to say that Sherri is now safe and she has been treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.’
The 34-year-old resurfaced three weeks after she vanished some 150 miles from her home in Redding (above)
Sherri flagged down a passing motorist at the intersection of County Road 17 and I-5 in Woodland near Sacramento (above)
Police were gathered at the scene searching for evidence on Thursday as the investigation gets underway
Keith Papini reported his wife missing on November 2 when she failed to pick up their children from daycare.
He traced her discarded iPhone to the side of the road about a mile from their home where he found it tossed on the ground with her running ‘ear buds’.
TIMELINE OF SHERRI PAPINI’S KIDNAPPING
November 2: Sherri Papini fails to pick up her two children from daycare and is reported missing by her husband Keith
November 10: Keith Papini is ruled out as a suspect after passing a lie detector test
November 18: The FBI joins the search for Sherri as an anonymous donor offers $50,000 for her return
November 23: Cameron Gamble, a local ‘negotiator’, appears in a video on behalf of the anonymous donor to inform Sherri’s captors the ransom was now ‘off the table’
November 24: Sherri flags down a passing motorist at the intersection of I-5 and County Road 17 and is taken to hospital
A frantic missing person’s appeal was launched, with posters littering the local town of Mountain Gate and scores of social media pleas for Sherri’s return.
Keith was later named as a potential person of interest in the case but ruled out when he passed a lie detector test.
An initial ransom was offered to her kidnappers of $50,000. It was announced in a video featuring Cameron Gamble, an apparent negotiator hired by the anonymous donor.
He claimed the money had been put up by a private citizen but that it would expire if Sherri’s kidnappers did not come forward.
On Wednesday, after upping the money to $100,000, he withdrew the offer, instead turning it into a reward for anyone with information on the young mother’s whereabouts.
Sherri’s family said they had no involvement in the ransom but shared information about it on social media.
They however pleaded with well-wishers to give money to a GoFundMe account which has raised $49,080 for search efforts.
Almost exactly 24 hours after the ransom offer was withdrawn, Sherri flagged down a passing driver on a road between County Road 17 and I-5 in Woodland, near Sacramento.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko (above right) said police are hunting for two armed Hispanic women. Sherri (left during a family trip) was treated for non life-threatening injuries at hospital
A news conference will be held this afternoon to update the public about what happened to the young mother
Sherri’s family maintained a highly publicized missing person’s appeal after she vanished form Sunrise Drive near Mountain Gate in Redding, California, on November 2 (above)
She was taken to a hospital to be treated for non life-threatening injuries and interviewed by detectives.
‘At about 4.30 this morning, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office was notified that Sherri Papini had been located.
‘We learned she had been released by her captor on a road near I-5 in Yolo County.
‘She was bound by restraints but was able to summon help from a passing motorist,’ said Sheriff Bosenko.
He added police were looking for ‘two Hispanic females armed with a handgun’ and a dark SUV.
The department has received more than 400 tips about her disappearance, he said.
On Thursday after she reappeared, a website dedicated to Sherri’s return had been dismantled.