Sheriff: Sherri Papini was Branded, Kidnappers Spoke Spanish

REDDING -- A Shasta County community is welcoming home a traumatized, battered and branded Sherri Papini after she was held captive for three weeks, then left on the side of I-5.

"She was cooperative and courageous during the interviews," said Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.

Bosenko says for two days, investigators spent hours talking to Papini.

During those intense interviews she relived what she went through and gave new details to investigators.

"Both of the subjects spoke in Spanish the majority of the time of her captivity," said Sheriff Bosenko.

Bosenko says Papini was able to provide a vague description of her kidnappers.

Two women, the younger had long, curly hair, a thick accent, pierced ears and thin eyebrows.

The older woman had straight black, graying hair and thick eye brows.

Recently Papini's husband Keith opened up about his wife's injuries.

He said she was emaciated, her blonde hair chopped and her body bruised from repeated beatings.

"We do not know if she was a specific target or if this was a random abduction," said Sheriff Bosenko.

As investigators process information from Papini and evidence from the Yolo County road where she was found on Thanksgiving, her neighbors are welcoming her home with open arms.

Prayers answered for a community that hoped this young mother would turn up alive.