New surveillance video shows kidnapped Sherri Papini running to safety the morning she was found


Police have published a black and white surveillance video (see below) in the case of a young mother from California who went missing for three weeks in 2016.

The new video released by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday showed Sherri Papini, then 34, walking across a parking lot in Woodland, California.

The video first shows her walking, after which she goes out of view shortly and reappears running toward Interstate 5. The video was taken at 4 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2016. When she got to the interstate, she was able to get a passing driver’s attention.

Papini disappeared on Nov. 2, 2016, while she was out for a run near her home. Her phone, with headphones attached, was found alongside the rural road where she lived in Northern California.

The FBI in October also released sketches of two women who Papini said abducted her.

According to the FBI, the first woman was described by Papini as Hispanic, between 20 and 30 years old, around 5 feet 5 inches tall, with coarse, curly dark hair, thin eyebrows, and pierced ears. The second woman was described as Hispanic, between 40 and 50 years old, around 5 feet 7 inches tall, with long, straight black hair with some gray in it. She had thick eyebrows and pierced ears.

The Shasta County sheriff’s department said in October that investigators collected male DNA from the clothing that she was wearing when she was found. Female DNA also was discovered on Papini’s body. The samples have not been identified.

Days before Papini’s disappearance, police said she was texting with a man in Michigan, and the two tried to meet up while he was in California. Investigators later interviewed the man and determined he was not involved in Papini’s disappearance.

The FBI has established a tip line at (916) 746-7000 and is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification of Papini’s alleged captors.

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