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Family believes missing Shasta County woman was abducted

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MOUNTAIN GATE, Calif. - Family, friends and law enforcement are searching for a Shasta County Woman.

Tom Bosenko, the Sheriff of Shasta County, explained Sherri Papini went missing on Wednesday. She was last seen around 2 p.m. wearing a pink jogging jacket.

Sheila Koester, Sherri's older sister, is in shock to hear her younger sister is missing.

"We are sick. This is a pretty sickening situation," noted Suzanne Papini, who is Sherri's sister-in-law.

Koester noted Sherri had texted her husband Keith Papini that morning asking if he was going to come home for lunch. He responded later saying he could not come home for lunch.

Later that evening he came home and Sherri was nowhere to be found and no one had heard from her. Their two children, age two and four, were still at the daycare.

Bosenko explained Keith tracked her phone and found it along with her ear-buds at the intersection of Sunrise Drive and Old Oregon Trail.

"He found her phone close to the road ...and then what happened is," Shelia took a deep breath, paused and said, "He called the authorities immediately.''

A lieutenant with the sheriff's office explained there was hair on the ear buds, but not a significant amount to cause concern.

Family believes Sherri was abducted.

Koester closed her eyes, holding back tears and said, "Please bring her home she has babies. She loves them. She has a family that loves her. Please just bring her home."

The sheriff explained at this time investigators do not have any evidence or information pointing to an abduction, but are not ruling it out saying it's still early in the investigation. Koester and Suzanne also explained that Sherri was always attached to her phone and not having it is out of character.

"It's good to have some sort of clue. The other portion is it really points to she has been taken," Suzanne said. "She wouldn't just drop her phone if she was running away."

They add Sherri loved her children and she would not just leave them at daycare.

"She wouldn't leave her babies," Koester noted.

"There is no way she would do anything to disrupt her children's routine," Suzanne added.

Koester and Suzanne describe Sherri as a dedicated mother, calling her "supermom".

"[She's] just absolutely beautiful," Koester emotionally said.

"She is an incredible human being. Best mom I've ever seen. If you've met her children they are incredible," Suzanne explained.

They said she was a hands-on stay at home mom.

"She's extremely close with them. She's here with them everyday gardening, doing projects," Suzanne noted.

Suzanne was not showing much emotion and that is because she wants to stay strong for her younger brother Keith.

"I'm in a state of just being emotionless so that we can do what needs to be done to take care of my brother," she noted.

"He is distraught right now and is just trying to find a way to find her," Koester said.

Everyone is holding onto hope that Sherri will be home soon.

"We love you very much we are here for you. We got a whole crew looking out for you, girl," Suzanne.

Bosenko noted they will continue to conduct interviews and contact neighbors. They have not named anyone; a suspect or person of interest.

"They are contacting area residents and if they had a surveillance system in place. If that may have had information on it," he explained. "There is not a lot of businesses right there in that intersection but we are branching out into in the search area to contact businesses to see perhaps what they may have on their surveillance system."

He added they are also following up with local sex offenders, parolees, and people on probation.

On Wednesday night and Thursday over 20 searchers combed the area where the phone was found.

The family is also looking into offering an award for information that leads to Sherri.

Sherri is an adult white woman with blonde hair and blue eyes. She weighs 100 lbs. and is 5'4". She was last seen wearing a pink running outfit.

If you've seen her, know where she is, or have any information of her whereabouts, call the Shasta County Sheriff's Office at 530-245-6540 or Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135.

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