Sheriff in Sherri Papini Case Says Investigation Is ‘High Priority’

December 15, 2016 Updated: December 15, 2016

The sheriff’s department that’s investigating the three-week disappearance of a California mother of two provided an update on her case, saying Wednesday it’s still a “high priority” for his office.

Shasta County’s Sheriff Tom Bosenko said that they are currently waiting for evidence to be processed by the Department of Justice before moving forward on the case, according to KRCR News Channel 7, which serves Northern California.

Sherri Papini, 34, was found alive in Yolo County, about 150 miles south of where she lived after she was abducted while jogging near the city of Redding. She was found on the side of a road on Thanksgiving Day and showed signs of having been beaten, starved, and tortured. Police have said that two Hispanic women are suspects in the case, but scant details have been released since then.

“After pressing him about why there has been no sketches of the suspects, two Hispanic women, Bosenko said that sketches require a lot of detailed information from the victim and that Papini’s head was covered most of the time. When her face wasn’t covered the faces of her captors were,” KRCR said in describing what Bosenko told the station.

Elaborating further, the sheriff said Papini was held for three weeks and noted that similar victims who go through extreme trauma often have difficulty remembering details.

Bosenko added that she and her husband, Keith, have been cooperative with the investigation, saying that officials have every reason to believe she was abducted against her will. Investigators are contacting Sherri and Keith on a daily basis.

The New York Post reported on Dec. 5 that Keith and Sherri Papini left their home in Redding, leaving their dogs behind. A neighbor and “buddy of Keith’s” was at the family home earlier this month, telling the newspaper he was there to “walk the dogs.” A neighbor who lived next to the family and knew Keith for decades added: “I don’t think they’re ever coming back here again.”

The suspects are described as Hispanic women—one younger and one older. The younger woman has curly hair, thin eyebrows, and pierced ears; the older suspect has straight black, graying hair and thick eyebrows.