A Northern California woman was chained to an object and had been badly beaten when found near an interstate three weeks after she disappeared while jogging, according to a newspaper citing a police-dispatch recording.
The Sacramento Bee reported that it acquired an audio clip of the exchange between dispatchers and officers in the moments after 34-year-old Sherri Papini flagged down a passing motorist near Interstate 5.
“CHP is on scene and advised that she is chained to something,” a radio dispatcher told a responding officer. “CHP is advising that she is heavily battered.”
Authorities previously said Papini was injured badly enough to require medical treatment when she was found before dawn Thursday, but have given no details of her condition.
Earlier Friday, a family member and law enforcement said they expected Papini to spend her first few days of freedom quietly, with family.
“We are very, very thankful and very ecstatic,” sister Sheila Koester, 36, told The Associated Press by telephone. “It’s the best Thanksgiving that anyone could ask for.”
A motorist spotted Papini before dawn Thursday near Interstate 5 about 150 miles south of the area where she had vanished, outside her home near Redding.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told reporters on Thursday that authorities are looking for two women, armed with a handgun and driving an SUV, who allegedly released Papini near the interstate that morning.
Bosenko says Papini, the mother of two children, was treated and released at a local hospital for unspecified injuries after her reappearance.
“She was very emotional to be released and hear her husband’s voice and then a few hours later to be reunited with him,” Bosenko told “Good Morning America” on Friday.