The FBI released two sketches this week of the women believed to be Sherri Papini’s abductors. Papini’s story made headlines last year after she was allegedly taken while jogging in Redding, California, and was discovered freed but partially clothed and shackled on a road more than 150 miles away three weeks later. The FBI’s sketches are the first new pieces of information on this case in almost a year.
According to the Sacramento Bee, though Papini said her captors were women, both male and female DNA were found on her body and clothing upon her discovery, neither of which belonged to Papini (or her husband Keith, who was originally a suspect, and then cleared). Papini maintained she couldn’t accurately describe her abductors because they kept their faces covered and spoke Spanish. Additionally, she said, they kept a bag over her head at most times.
Papini had also been branded on her shoulder and had her hair cut before being released. She told officials she’d been released by being kicked out of a car and left on the side of the road.
A recent press release from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office obtained by People states: “It has taken time for Sherri to recover to a point to be able to provide accurate details to the sketch artist. Sherri continues to look at photographs of various makes and models of SUVs in an effort to provide a more detailed description.”
The FBI is offering $10,000 for information that will help identify either of the two alleged abductors pictured above. Both are described as Hispanic women, one of whom is shorter and in her 20s or 30s, the other of whom is middle-aged.