Church surveillance released showing the moment kidnapping victim Sherri Papini reappeared

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2017

The video, released by Shasta County Sheriff's Office, shows Mrs Papini, who disappeared in November 2, 2016, running through a carpark at a Jehovah's Witness hall more than 200km away from her home in Redding.

"Sherri Papini can be seen running to the church north on Highway 99W and then south on Highway 99W until she goes out of view, heading toward the Interstate 5 northbound on ramp".

While the video was discovered shortly after Papini was found, authorities released the footage to hopefully jog the memory of anyone who may know something about the case.

"You can kind of see how her left hand is bound a little bit to the side, which is consistent with being tethered to the chain", Jackson says in the video.

Sgt. Brian Jackson told The Sacramento Bee that detectives found a woman's DNA on Papini's body but a man's DNA on her clothing, despite her claims that she was kidnapped by two hispanic females. The first, the younger of the two is described as having long, curly hair, thin eyebrows and pierced ears.


Her husband found her phone and earphones near their home after she failed to pick up the children at daycare, and he later called police.

The second suspect was described as an older Hispanic woman with straight black hair with some gray and thick eyebrows.

"It's taken time for Sherri to recover to a point to be able to provide accurate details to the sketch artist", the sheriff's office said in a statement.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to poke holes in Papini's account of what happened during the three weeks she was missing.

Papini was found with a brand on her left shoulder, but the quality of the brand is poor, and investigators are still trying to determine what letters were branded on Papini's skin, officers said.


Papini was found with hose clamps on both of her ankles.

However, about two weeks after she went missing, the sheriff's office determined Sherri Papini was texting a "male acquaintance" from MI days prior to her disappearance.

Papini and the man texted each other trying to meet up while he was in California, detectives said.

Anyone with information about the Papini investigation or the two captors is urged to call the FBI at 916-746-7000.

A reward up to $10,000 has been established for information leading to the identification of the suspects.


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