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. "CHP is advising that she is heavily battered".
Koester added her sister was "very excited" to be home and they shared "the most unbelievable Thanksgiving that our family could ever ask for".
Koester also said she didn't know any details of the ongoing investigation. Calls to California Highway Patrol spokesmen were not immediately returned Friday night.
The 34-year-old mother of two disappeared while jogging along the Oregon Trail and Sunset Drive on November 2 before her husband Keith Papini, who immediately suspected foul play, reported her missing.
"We are very ecstatic to report that Sherri Papini has been located and has been reunited with husband and family on this day of Thanksgiving", Sheriff Tom Bosenko of Shasta County.
The couple have since been reunited and "are very happy to be together", Koester said in an interview with the Sacramento Bee.
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. They were last seen driving a dark SUV and were believed to be armed with a handgun. Police are looking for two women who allegedly left her near the spot she was found by a passing motorist.
Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Papini was in an a very emotional state and quite upset after being found, but was elated to be freed.
Bosenko says Papini, the mother of two children, was treated and released at a local hospital for unspecified injuries after her reappearance. "Then, in the days following this, we will be following up with her".
The sheriff told reporters hours after Papini's rescue that he was withholding some information he considered sensitive for the sake of the investigation.
An audio clip of public safety dispatchers and Yolo County Sheriff's deputies details at least some of the initial response to the discovery of missing woman Sherri Papini on Thursday. Oswald is a runner, like Papini, and said her sudden vanishing hit close to home.
Still, for the Papini family, it must seem like something akin to a miracle to have such a beloved family member - who's been described as a "supermom" and "incredible human being" by friends and family - to return home on Thanksgiving of all days. "Now, it's just praying for them and her recovery".