Family members fear California mother of 2 was abducted while running

The family of a missing California woman believes she had been abducted while she was out jogging.

Family and friends told the Ventura County Star on Thursday that Sherri Papini, 34, of Redding, was a devoted mother of two who wouldn't think about leaving her children.

"She was out for a run. She wouldn't leave her babies," Sheila Koester, Papini's sister, told the paper.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said Papini was last seen around 2 p.m. in her neighborhood running about 1 1/2 miles away from Interstate 5. Papini had sent a text message to her husband Keith asking him whether he'd be home for lunch, Koester said. He said he wouldn't.

"He returned to the home later in the evening, around 5, and no one was here," Koester said. "He called the authorities immediately."

Her family said that jogging in the area is routine for Papini. She then picks up her two children from daycare in the afternoon and then spends the rest of the day gardening with them or doing other projects.