What we know about Sherri Papini's disappearance
REDDING, Calif. - New video of Sherri Papini was released Tuesday by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office. The grainy surveillance video shows Papini shortly after deputies say she was released by her captors on November 24, 2016.
A balloon release had been held that morning to keep Papini's name in the headlines and the community on the look out. She had been missing for 3 weeks and friends and family were desperate for her to come home.
Just after 4:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day 2016, Papini was found after flagging down a passing car on I-5. Since then, information about where she had been held and who was responsible has been limited.
Nearly one year later, On October 25, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office released new details about the investigation including sketches of the kidnapping suspects and the 9-1-1 call Keith Papini made after finding his wife's cell phone on the side of the road.
Investigators revealed Papini had been texting with a man in Michigan and that detectives had flown to the area and decided he was not involved with Papini's disappearance.
Papini had only ever referenced the women in the sketches, however male DNA was found on the clothing she was wearing when she was found.
There are still unanswered questions. Detectives have been unable to determine what the lettering on her "brand" says. It's still unclear why she was taken and why she was released. The Shasta County Sheriff's office did tell people magazine they had ruled out sex trafficking. Sgt. Brian Jackson told People, "Detectives utilized all resources in determining if Sherri Papini's disappearance was voluntary or involuntary...the investigation is on-going."
Sgt. Jackson tells KRCR News Channel 7 there's no specific reason why they released the video this morning. They are just hoping someone will see it and remember something. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.