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The ransom money offered for the safe release of a Californian woman who went missing three weeks ago may now go to her family after she was found battered but alive on Thanksgiving Day.
Sherri Papini, 34, was discovered badly beaten, restrained and dumped by the side of the road in northern Yolo County, more than 150 miles away from where she last seen in Redding, California, last week.
Donor - Family - Police - Help - Ransom
An anonymous donor, operating outside the family and without police help, had offered a $50,000 ransom to her captor for her safe return.
It was withdrawn and turned into a $100,000 reward for information on her whereabouts almost 24 hours before she reappeared.
Money - Part - Papini - Family - Sacramento
Seeing as the money went unclaimed, part of it may now be given to the Papini family to help support them, Sacramento Bee reports.
Cameron Gamble, a defense contractor who helps with overseas hostage situations, was hired by the anonymous donor to help negotiate. He said the donor still wanted to 'support the family in any way he can to ensure they receive the necessary treatment for their recovery.'
Gamble - Amount - Papini - Family - Donor
Gamble said the amount that could potentially got to Papini and her family was 'really up to him (the donor) at this point.'
Papini's family said they had no involvement in the ransom but shared information about it on social media. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said last week he did not believe the ransom played a role in her release.
Hero - Sherri - Papini - Key - Gamble
'There's only one hero in this. It's Sherri Papini. She found the key to stay alive,' Gamble told the Sacremento Bee.
The married mother-of-two told investigators she had been abducted by two armed Hispanic women traveling in a dark SUV. Police investigating the alleged kidnapping said they have no reason to doubt her story.
November - Jog
She went missing on November 2 while out for a jog...
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