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Mother found abandoned at roadside three weeks after abduction

Safe: Sherri Papini
Safe: Sherri Papini

A young mother abducted three weeks ago while out jogging has been found abandoned at a roadside with her hands tied behind her back.

Her husband Keith reported her missing after she failed to collect their two young children from day care at the beginning of November. 

Sherri Papini, a 34-year-old mother of two, managed to flag down a passing car in Yolo County, California, and alert the authorities.

Authorities have released few details about what happened to Papini and much of the case remains a mystery. 

The older sister of a Northern California mother who was missing for three weeks says the return of her sibling made for the best Thanksgiving ever.

Sheila Koester said Friday she is “very thankful and ecstatic” about the return of her sister Sherri.

Koester says she does not know what happened to her sister during the three weeks she was gone or the details of the police investigation.

She said she reunited with Papini and is giving her space and time with her husband to heal.

Authorities are looking for two armed women they believe abducted Papini while she was jogging on Nov. 2 near Redding.

Papini was treated for unspecified injuries and released.

"We had not given up hope," said Tom Bosenko, sheriff of Shasta County. "We are very thankful on this day that she was found safe and reunited with her family."

Mr Bosenko said that police were now searching for a dark-coloured 4x4 and two women considered dangerous, armed with a hand gun.

"We will not rest until Sherri's captor or captors are identified and brought to justice," he said.

- AP