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Sheriff: Mom held captive for weeks emotional after release

Sheriff: Mom held captive for weeks emotional after release

In an interview Friday on "Good Morning America", Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said authorities are looking for two women armed with a handgun they believe kidnapped 34-year-old Sherri Papini on November 2 after she left for a jog.

Bosenko said at a Thursday news conference that Papini was injured during her abduction, but did not provide details on the extent of her injuries.

Koester wasn't sure whether Papini has been reunited with her two children, she said.

Authorities gave few other details about Papini's reappearance before dawn.

Authorities used scent dogs and helicopters to search the area, Bosenko said.

"We had not given up hope", the sheriff told reporters.

"Into the next day, our search and rescue teams were there with K-9s, and no new evidence turned up other than what we have with the cell phone, earbuds, and a few strands of hair", the sheriff told reporters on November 11.

He said they're searching for a dark colored SUV with two Hispanic females armed with a handgun.

Koester continued, "Everyone's tireless efforts have made our family whole again this Thanksgiving".

Family members previously called her a "super mom" who would never abandon her family. Her husband discovered she had gone missing when she didn't pick up their two children from daycare. A passing trucker stopped, administered aid and then notified authorities. Shasta County sheriff's official's didn't respond to phone calls and emails from CBS News' Crimesider. They now claim the ransom played no role in Papini's release. Woodland police provided security to the hospital while she was there.

A family spokesman thanked law enforcement officers for their work and residents for support and prayers that were answered.

"We do not know who the captors are", he said.

Rod Rodriguez III, who identified himself on Facebook as the father-in-law of both Sherri and Keith Papini, her husband, posted a message of gratitude to a local crime watching group on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

Her husband, Keith Papini, is by her side at the hospital, and CHP allowed him to speak to his wife over the phone before arriving at the hospital.

Before taking questions from reporters from across Northern California and Oregon, Bosenko cautioned there is sensitive information in the case that has not been disclosed at this time.

"This investigation is far from over", said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.

"She is an incredible human being", Suzanne Papini told the station.

Shasta County sheriff Tom Bosenko said investigators now believe Papini was abducted.

"We were all hopeful to have Ms. Papini recovered and brought home safely", Bosenko said.

"People need to realize that she's been held captive for three weeks so that was a traumatizing and emotional experience in itself and then her release was another very emotional experience and being reunited with her husband was an emotional experience so she's only able to provide a limited amount of information", Bosenko said.

Sherri Papini, 34, was mysteriously and abruptly dumped by her captors close to Interstate 5 near Sacramento - about 130 miles south from where she vanished - and managed to flag down a passing motorist "a short amount of time" later during the predawn hours of Thanksgiving morning, the sheriff said.