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Sherri Papini: Inside the California Mom’s Mysterious Disappearance and the Search for Her Alleged Abductors

Courtesy of Keith Papini(REDDING, Calif.) — On Wednesday, Nov. 2, Sherri Papini, a 34-year-old mother of two, went out for a jog in the family’s Redding, California, neighborhood, and mysteriously vanished.

“I remember everything about that day,” her husband, Keith Papini, told ABC News’ 20/20 in an exclusive interview.

That day began like any other for the Papini family. It was about 6:50 a.m. when Keith said he was on his way out the door to head to his job as an audio-video specialist. Sherri was checking on their 2-year-old daughter, Violet, when Keith said he met her at the door, gave her a hug and kiss, and left for work.

That was the last time he saw Sherri before she would be allegedly kidnapped and held captive for the next 22 days.

The Moment Keith Knew Something Was Wrong

When Keith returned home from work that evening, he said he was expecting to have his wife, daughter and 4-year-old son, Tyler, greet him at the door, but only found unsettling silence inside the house.

“I looked in different rooms and couldn’t find anyone,” he said. “So I thought, ‘Maybe they’re outside,’ and I looked around outside … but at the time I thought, ‘Huh, I’m sure they’re all together.’ I had no reason to believe otherwise.”

Keith said he opened up the “Find My iPhone” feature on his iPhone to search for Sherri’s iPhone and see if he could find her location. It showed Sherri’s phone was near their mailbox, about a mile away from the house. At first, Keith said he thought maybe she had taken the kids for a walk to get the mail.

“I got in the car and immediately drove down the end of our mailbox, and was anticipating I would see her walking,” he said.

But his wife and their kids were nowhere to be seen. Keith said he called his mother and asked her if she had spoken to Sherri. When she told him no, he called the kids’ day care.

“The first thing I said was, ‘What time did Sherri pick up the kids today?’” Keith said. “And she said, ‘The kids are here.’ It was like, ‘Something is wrong, there is something wrong right now.’”

Frantic, Keith started driving around, scouring their area around their property. He went back to the mailbox where the “Find My iPhone” feature had first pinpointed Sherri’s phone.

“It did not take me long [to find it]. It was right off the road,” he said.

Next to her phone, Keith found Sherri’s headphones, which he said were tangled with strands of her blond hair.

“If she would have lost her phone driving home one day and she had put it on the roof of her car one day and drove off, you know OK, I could see that happening,” he said. “But her car was at home and the kids were at school. I knew something was wrong.”

Keith went into full crisis mode and dialed 911. Within hours, deputies launched a search for Sherri, and over the next several days, more than 100 people volunteered to help.

“People would see me and start crying and give me hugs … total strangers,” Keith said.

Telling The Children That Their Mom Was Missing

Keith said he spent many sleepless nights caring for his family and searching for his wife.

“I was just worried about her health,” he said. “Are they feeding her? Is she hot? Is she cold? Just little horrible things that I would go through.”

In searching for his wife, he admits there were times of immense despair.

“There was a moment where we were heading back after we did a few mile search and we look up and we start to see birds circling,” Keith said. “And I went to my knees and I thought, ‘Am I really hiking out here to look for my wife and I don’t want to find her right now, but I do want to find her’ … that was a tough one for me that day.”

As he was dealing with the agony of losing his wife, Keith said he still had to care for their two kids, and his family and friends came to the rescue to help keep them entertained and happy. But after a couple of days, Keith couldn’t hide the fact that Sherri was missing from Tyler.

“I told him I had something important to tell him and he jumped on the couch and he knew something was up and said, ‘Dad, you can tell me anything,’” Keith said, through tears. “For a little 4-year-old to say that I wasn’t prepared for that.

“And I just said, ‘Son, mommy went running and she didn’t come home and we’re all looking for her right now,” he continued. “And we just held each other … and I said, ‘We’re going to find her and we’re going to get her back.’”

One day, Keith said he found Tyler standing in front of Sherri’s picture.

“He was just standing there and he had his left hand on her face,” he said. “He was just staring at her … and he just, you know, tears in his eyes with his hands on her face.”

At this time, Keith, his family and friends were growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in his wife’s missing persons case.

“I was very upset. I wanted more involvement with everybody … I wanted every law enforcement agency out there,” he said. “I wanted Marines, the Army … I wanted everything of course. I’m going to do everything I can to find my wife.”

Sherri’s older sister, Sheila Koester, who is seven months pregnant, says she focused on protecting Keith, and making sure he ate and was taking care of himself.

“I think Keith and I supported each other,” she said. “He made sure that I stayed in the house and wasn’t traipsing through fields, going through places, because he knows I probably would have been doing that.”

The Search for Sherri and Suspects

Although any husband would be a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, Koester said she knew he had nothing to do with it. The family knew Sherri as “super mom” and Keith was a wonderful husband, she said.

“You would hope that your child or your daughter would find someone so loving, so dedicated to their spouse,” she said.

To ease any doubt, Keith consented to taking an hours-long polygraph test.

“They asked me multiple questions. He said, ‘These things you have to pass with a 100 percent. You can’t get 99.’ To me, I was like, ‘No, problem. Let’s hurry this up and get this over with,’” recalled Keith.

It took at least nine days before police cleared Keith of any suspicion.

“We were going through investigating hundreds of tips, looking at cell phone data,” Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told 20/20.

Bosenko said they followed up on more than 400 tips, none of which led them to Sherri.

“The investigators had basically been working three weeks straight, nonstop — pouring their heart and souls into this investigation. But so far, no viable leads,” said Bosenko.

“I don’t think I ever lost hope, but it was eating away at me big time,” Keith said. “Did I do everything I could? Yes or no? I just wanted to make sure I checked ‘yeah’ on every single thing.”

The Papini family started a GoFundMe account, and they raised nearly $50,000 in donations. Then, Keith took a chance with a man named Cameron Gamble, who said he represented an anonymous donor.

Gamble, who calls himself an international kidnapping ransom consultant, and the anonymous donor set up a website and offered a large cash ransom.

“One of the big things was finding a creative way to get her story out there bigger,” Gamble told 20/20.

Like Keith, Gamble was convinced that Sherri had been abducted. He was also confident that Keith wasn’t involved, and that Sherri didn’t walk way voluntarily.

Though investigators did not support Gamble’s involvement, Keith said he was willing to do anything to get Sherri home.

“For me, I was going to do everything I could to get my wife back, and if this was going to work, I was going to try it,” Keith said.

On Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving, Gamble posted a video online informing Sherri’s alleged captors that the ransom was “off the table” and calling for the public to find Sherri in exchange for a hefty reward.

“I wanted to make it so tempting that the abductor’s own mother would have turned him in,” Gamble said.

The Day Keith Learned His Wife Had Been Found Alive

The next day, before dawn, Keith missed a phone call on his cell phone from a number he didn’t recognize.

“Immediately after that, my home phone rang,” Keith said. “It was my wife screaming in the background, yelling my name, and a CHP [California High Patrol] officer that seemed somewhat confused at the moment, like, ‘What is going on?’… [the officer] said, ‘I need you to be calm. I need you to be calm.’ … I already know it’s her. I can tell her voice.”

At first, Keith said he didn’t know what happening, whether his wife was hurt or not. He could only hear her screaming.

“I get the phone and, [I said], ‘Oh my God, honey.’ And of course she’s screaming,” Keith said. “It’s very emotional. And, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you, Oh my God, you’re here. You’re back. Where are you?’ And then the phone gets taken away from her. Like, super quick.”

Getting that phone call and hearing his wife screaming made him feel “very mixed emotion[s],” Keith said.

“I’m panicked but I’m happy because at this point this is the first time I’ve heard her voice,” he added. “I know she’s alive.”

Soon after getting the call, Keith said he told the couple’s two children their mother had been found. He said he told their 4-year-old son first.

“I sat him down, and I was on my knees and he was standing up,” Keith said. “And I said, ‘You know what, buddy? I found mom,’ and he got the biggest grin.’”

He then told their 2-year-old daughter. “I wanted to do it one by one,” Keith said.

After learning that his wife was found alive, Keith raced to the hospital where she was taken over two hours away. He said at first he was not allowed into the hospital, but when he was, he raced to see her.

“I just wanted to hold her. And we just had her. We just embraced each other and cried together. And I mean, I was so happy, though. I mean — how do you explain it? You’re upset and everything at what happened, but you’re happy. She’s here,” Keith said.

Keith said Sherri’s face was very badly beaten and that her long, blond hair had been chopped off to above her shoulders. Sherri also lost almost 15 percent of her body weight.

“The bruises were just intense. The bumps from, you know, being hit and kicked and whatever else. Her nose, so dark and yellow,” Keith said. “It made me sick that there [are] people out there that could do something like this.”

When Sheila saw her sister for the first time at the hospital, she said she was as battered as Keith described.

“It was amazing to see her but it was hard to see her in the condition that she was in,” she said. “But it was just amazing to see her alive and talking and saying our names. It was the best present that I could have ever received from anyone.”

Sherri hasn’t spoken publicly yet about how she got to the highway where she was found or how she was freed from her captors. The story of her release comes solely from her account to police and to her husband.

According to Keith, Sherri was bound with a chain around her waist inside a vehicle with her alleged captors. Keith said his wife told him that at some point her alleged captors stopped the vehicle on a road.

“They opened the door. She doesn’t know because she had a bag over her head. They cut something to free her of her restraint that was holding her into the vehicle and then pushed her out of the vehicle,” Keith said.

According to Keith, Sherri said her captors then drove away.

“Sherri obviously has one free hand that still has some kind of, something like a hose clamp if you will, and then took obviously the bag off of her head,” Keith said. “She, at this point, has no idea where she’s at, and gets up and basically tries to find help, runs to a house that didn’t have any lights on, and didn’t look what she said was very inviting, looked scary, and obviously if you could imagine her state of mind at this point.”

Keith continued, “There was a junkyard or some kind of yard or something like that that she tried to get into and a big dog started barking and scared her, and then she went and familiarized herself with where she was at by standing in the overpass and noticed I-5 symbols and she knew that I-5 North is where we live. Anything past our house, you’re up in Mount Shasta area.”

Keith said Sherri saw lights and ran to another building. When she could not get into that building, Keith said, Sherri then ran to the freeway.

Stranded in the middle of nowhere, Keith said Sherri attempted to flag passing motorists on the highway.

Alison Sutton happened to be driving down I-5 North when she saw Sherri.

“I saw a woman frantically waving what looked like a shirt up and down, trying to flag somebody down. I was started to see her. It was dark and she pretty much just came out of nowhere,” Sutton told “20/20.” “If I had swerved to the right at least a little bit, I would have hit her with my car. She had, like, a wide-eyed, panicked kind of look. I figured if she was willing to risk being hit by a car trying to get somebody’s attention that she must really need some help.”

Sutton said she pulled off the highway and called 911. Dozens of other drivers also called 911 on Sherri’s behalf.

Keith said that Sherri was trying to flag people down for an extended amount of time and that several people drove past her without stopping.

“She screams so much. She said she was coughing up blood from the screaming, trying to get somebody to stop,” Keith said. “Again, just another sign of how my wife is: She’s saying, ‘Well, maybe people aren’t stopping because I have a chain. It looks like I broke out of prison.’ So she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes.”

Rescue workers raced to the scene, which was 150 miles away from the Papinis’ Redding home. Sherri was disoriented from 22 days in captivity and didn’t know what time or what day it was, Keith said.

“She thought it was late that night, so when the paramedics finally were talking to her, they were the first people to tell her, ‘Happy Thanksgiving.’ It just blew her mind and then she’s like, ‘Oh, it’s Thanksgiving night?’ And they said, ‘No, it’s Thanksgiving morning,’” Keith said.

Where the Case Stands Today and How the Papini Family Is Healing

Authorities are still hunting for the alleged kidnappers. Based on Sherri’s description of her alleged captors, Sheriff Bosenko told ABC News that authorities are searching for two Hispanic female adults armed with a gun and driving a dark SUV.

One suspect, the younger of the two, was described as having long curly hair and a thick accent, pierced ears and thin eyebrows, Bosenko said, while the other woman, the older one, was described as having straight black hair with some grays and thick eyebrows. Police artists are now working on a composite sketch.

Keith said he is focused on what is next for his family’s healing.

“You would expect that I want to get these people … and then your mind goes into a place that it shouldn’t and I think most people are doing that,” Keith said. “Clearly, I want justice but right now I’m just happy that my wife is back. I don’t have to raise my kids without her.”

Even in the midst of the gratitude he feels, Keith said he knows his wife’s road to recovery won’t be easy.

“When lights are off, when doors shut, when she hears certain sounds, I mean it’s something that I don’t know how to deal with and we’ll need somebody who can help her through that from a professional standpoint,” Keith said. “I’m sure I’m going to have to reach out for something for some of my feelings as well. It’s not just a long road. It’s something we’re never going to forget.”

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Tenn. Woman Recounts Her Narrow Escape from Wildfires: ‘Flames Started Shooting Out From All Around’

WATE-TV(GATLINBURG, Tenn.) — From her hospital bed, Debbie Brooks recounted her narrow escape from the wildfires that destroyed her home and devastated her Tennessee community.

The Gatlinburg, Tennessee, resident spoke to ABC affiliate WATE-TV on Thursday in her room at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in the city of Knoxville.

“I don’t think anybody down below knew how bad it was up above,” Brooks told WATE-TV of the blaze that consumed her home Monday evening.

“Flames started shooting out from all around,” she said. “And then the storage room ceiling collapsed, and the main beam of the house came through it.”

Brooks said she immediately grabbed her dog and two cats before sprinting to her car.

“Put it in gear in reverse and just slammed through the garage doors,” she said.

In a panic, Brooks flipped the car, WATE-TV reported.

Brooks said that she then called 911, but she claimed the operator who responded told her no one could get to her.

“I said, ‘That’s nice for you to say, but I’m going to die if somebody doesn’t get up here,'” Brooks told WATE-TV.

The Sevier County Emergency Management Agency did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Brooks told WATE-TV that she waited for help for five hours. During that time, she was was pelted by golf ball-sized embers in the air.

“It was like being involved in a meteor shower,” she said. Brooks added that she tried to shield her pets and suffered third-degree burns to her arms as a result.

However, Brooks’ dog named Jelli somehow got away. When police arrived, they told Brooks she had to leave her dog behind, WATE-TV reported.

The Gatlinburg Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment.

Brooks lamented the loss of her dog to WATE-TV, saying through tears that it was “my responsibility to take care of her, and I didn’t live up to my responsibility.”

She added that Jelli was “the sweetest dog.”

Despite the pain of losing her beloved pet, her home and personal belongings, Brooks said she was incredibly thankful for the support and help she has received. She noted that several hospital staff members donated much-needed clothes to her.

“I think we’re all going to rebuild, and we’re going to be closer than ever,” she said.

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Death Toll in Tennessee Wildfires Rises to 13

iStock/Thinkstock(GATLINBURG, Tenn.) — A total of 13 deaths have now been confirmed in the massive wildfires that have devastated eastern Tennessee’s Sevier County, officials said Friday.

The fires, described as the state’s largest in 100 years, are believed to be human-caused, authorities said.

Twelve of the victims died as a direct result of the firestorm, and one victim died of a heart attack while trying to escape a blaze, officials said at a news conference Friday morning. The briefing was held in Gatlinburg — one the worst-hit cities in Sevier County.

“It certainly is distressing and saddening to all of us, and we are extending our sympathy to all the families that are involved,” Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters said. “I can’t describe you the feeling that we have over this tragedy, and, especially, the loss of lives.”

The identifies of six of the 13 deceased have been confirmed, Waters said. He emphasized that authorities want to make sure they are “absolutely certain” that they are accurate on the names of the deceased and that their immediate families have been informed before releasing such information to the public.

Five victims were identified at Friday morning’s news conference. Officials withheld releasing the name of the positively identified sixth person because their immediate relatives had not yet been notified.

The names released this morning are:

  • John Teglar, 71, and Janet Teglar, 70 — who had been visiting from Canada
  • Jon Summers, 61, and Janet Summers, 60 — who had been visiting from Memphis, Tennessee
  • May Vance, 75, a Gatlinburg, Tennessee, resident who died from heart attack related to smoke inhalation

At least 85 other people have been injured as a direct result of the fires, and more than 1,000 structures have been severely damaged or destroyed, according to Waters.

Officials believe that 90 percent of the affected areas in the county will have undergone a preliminary search by Friday evening, Waters said. He added that “we hope and pray” the death toll does not climb.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is continuing to follow up on leads to locate reported missing persons, Waters said. Anyone who wants to report a missing person, or knows of a missing person who has been found, is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Homeowners and renters in Gatlinburg have also finally been allowed to go into the city to check on their properties as of Friday morning, Waters said. He added that officials hope to have Gatlinburg open to the public by Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Property owners can also check on the condition of their properties via an interactive map at, Waters said. He added that it was important to note that the map will be gradually updated, so owners should check back frequently throughout the weekend.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker also attended the news conference Friday morning.

Haslam said he has received calls of support “from almost every governor in the country,” as well as from President Obama, President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

“We all love these mountains,” Haslam said. “It’s a special place.”

Alexander said though the fire was “terrifying and impressive,” the community’s and nation’s response to it “is even more impressive.”

“My heart breaks for the families who’ve lost loved ones and homes, but I know you’ll be back because east Tennesseans are strong, tough and resilient,” he said.

Corker acknowledged that having 13 lives lost was “an incredible tragedy,” but he said he also wanted to give his “hats off” to the first responders and volunteers.

Towards the end of the news conference, a few reporters got into a heated exchange with officials. The reporters questioned if people in the area were given early enough notice to evacuate.

Officials noted that an evacuation alert was sent out to mobile phones in the area around 9:04 p.m. Monday, though power outages made some notifications difficult to send.

One official noted that if some people did not receive the alert sent out then, “of course we’re unsatisfied.”

Waters then said that they would not get into “Monday morning quarterbacking” from out-of-towners and ended the news conference.

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Mayor Talks About Losing Home, Business to Deadly Wildfires in Tennessee

iStock/Thinkstock(GATLINBURG, Tenn.) — The mayor of a small mountain town in eastern Tennessee is among those who lost their homes and businesses in deadly wildfires that have scorched the state.

In an emotional interview with local ABC affiliate WATE-TV on Thursday, Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner talked about how his family and the community have been trying to cope with the loss and devastation. The wildfires engulfed Werner’s house, which he built himself, along with all seven buildings of the condominium business he owns.

“We lost our home, we lost our business,” Werner told WATE. “I call it a huge bump in the road. But our family’s safe, everybody’s healthy, we all love each other.”

The father of seven said his children and wife have been the cornerstone of his support system. Werner, who visited a shelter on Thursday, said he has also kept his focus on helping Gatlinburg residents who have lost everything.

“We just came from the shelter over here and just had a chance to tell people, you know, ‘Don’t worry.’ Like my mama used to tell me, ‘Everything’s going to be OK,'” the mayor told WATE. “So I think that’s how I’m getting through this, is focusing more on others than myself because so many other people are in the same boat.”

Werner fought back tears when describing the tight-knit community of Gatlinburg, a popular resort area, and the resilience of its residents.

“The people of this area, it’s like a family,” he told WATE. “There’s people that bend over backward. I get emotional when people ask me what I can do for you because, you know, we’re fine. You know, we’re going to be OK. We’ve had friends open their house to us. We’ve had so many people offer places where we can live. But I’m just thankful that we’re here to be able to try to help everybody; that’s our goal.”

Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Ogle also lost her home in the fires, according to WATE.

Officials said at a press conference Tuesday that some 150 structures were damaged or destroyed in all of Sevier County, which encompasses Gatlinburg.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has called the wildfires the state’s largest in 100 years.

The blazes, which officials believe were “human-caused,” have burned more than 17,100 acres of land in eastern Tennessee, killing at least 11 people and injuring 80 others. All of the fires were extinguished as of Thursday afternoon, though officials said a few “hot spots” remain.

“People were basically running for their lives,” Werner said at a press conference Tuesday.

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One Man Arrested in Fatal Bourbon Street Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — A 20-year-old has been arrested in connection with the shooting in New Orleans’ French Quarter last Sunday morning that killed one and injured nine, local officials announced Friday morning, as they urged the public to help them find a second suspect.

At a press conference Friday morning, New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that 20-year-old Jordan Clay has been identified as one of two men allegedly involved in the deadly shooting.

Police said Friday that they believe Clay and another man were in a dispute, then met on Bourbon Street, where the shooting happened.

Clay has been arrested for second-degree murder, officials announced Friday morning. He is being held in St. Martin Parish and will be extradited to New Orleans, they said. It’s unclear whether Clay has obtained a lawyer.

Meanwhile, police are looking for the second suspect, the man that Clay met. That man’s name has not been released. Authorities are urging anyone with information about what happened on Bourbon Street early Sunday to come forward.

The deceased victim, who was caught in the crossfire, was 25-year-old Demontris Toliver, of Baton Rouge. His father spoke at Friday morning’s news conference, saying his son was a triplet and urging his other children to stay strong through the family tragedy.

Police said Clay and the other suspect were not from New Orleans and were in town visiting on a weekend that had a major public event: the Bayou Classic — an annual college football game between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars. The game took place Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, about two miles from where the shooting took place.

Landrieu tweeted Friday morning, “All options are on the table to increase security in NOLA especially in the French Quarter during major public events. … We are constantly exploring all options to increase safety and security for our citizens.”

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Sandy Hook Group Releases PSA on Gun Violence

ABC News(NEW YORK) — An organization created by some of the family members who lost their loved ones to a horrific act of gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly four years ago have released a new video day calling for people to recognize warning signs and intervene to prevent tragedies before they happen.

The group’s public service announcement, called “Know the Signs,” which debuted in a shortened version Friday on Good Morning America, follows a typical teenager at school as he anxiously awaits his summer break.

Meanwhile, another student exhibits several of the identified warning signs for violent behavior. The PSA is intended to make viewers aware of how easy it can be to overlook — or do nothing — about warning signs that often come before acts of violence.

“The ‘Know the Signs’ campaign has been our mission at Sandy Hook Promise for a number of years now. We believe that gun violence is preventable when you know the signs, when you know what to look for,” Nicole Hockley, the co-founder of Sandy Hook Promise, a national gun violence prevention organization, told ABC News.

“This has been the case in a number of mass shootings,” Hockley said. “It was the case of the shooting that killed my son.”

Since her son, Dylan, was killed at his school nearly four years ago in Newtown, Connecticut, Hockley said she has dedicated a majority of her time to trying to prevent gun violence and making sure no other mother has to suffer the same loss.

Hockley said all of the work she does now in memory of Dylan, who was only six years old when he was killed. “I can’t go back in time and save Dylan but in his name we can save a lot of other people,” Hockley said.

Hockley described her son as “incredibly loving.”

“Dylan was autistic, he was incredibly loving, he loved cuddles more than anything, he was just smiling all the time,” Hockley said of her youngest son, who was in first grade at the time he was killed. “He had a sort of musical laugh, so we would always tickle him just to hear his laugh.”

“He loved playing with other kids. He was fascinated by looking at the moon every night,” Hockley said. “He was pure love really.”

“Like a lot of children on the spectrum, communication was a challenge with him, his language skills were underdeveloped but all he did was love, that’s all he could express,” Hockley said.

The PSA comes out nearly four years after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which garnered many immediate calls for reform or action to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. Yet just this summer, Orlando was rocked with the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at a nightclub.

“We really hope that it is an eye opener,” Hockley said of the new PSA, adding that they have created a guide and a website so people can learn what the warning signs are, and become trained to prevent gun violence.

“In a little under two years we trained a little over 1 million people,” Hockley said, adding that they were made aware that their training program prevented a school shooting plot in Cincinnati.

Hockley said if her son were still around, she hopes he would be proud of the work she is doing.

“He’d be ten now, I think he’d have an understanding of what I do,” Hockley said. “I hope he’d be proud of me, and know that his legacy is giving so many other people a chance at life.”

“I just want people to watch this video, it is a compelling video I want them to know that there are actions that they can take in their own community, in their own family, to make a difference. All the training we provide is completely free. We just want to save lives,” she added.

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Husband of California Mom on Getting the Call Missing Wife Was Alive

ABC News(REDDING, Calif.) — The husband of Sherri Papini, the California mom who was missing for three weeks after allegedly being kidnapped while out jogging, described the heart-wrenching moment he learned his wife had been found alive.

Sherri Papini, 34, went missing on Nov. 2 and was found alive on Thanksgiving Day on the side of a road roughly 150 miles from the Papini family home in Redding, California.

It was very early that morning on Nov. 24 that Keith Papini said his home phone rang.

“It was my wife screaming in the background, yelling my name, and a CHP [California High Patrol] officer that seemed somewhat confused at the moment, like, ‘What is going on?’” Keith Papini told ABC’s 20/20 in an exclusive interview. “And [the officer] said, ‘I need you to be calm. I need you to be calm.’ … I already know it’s her. I can tell her voice.”

At first, Keith Papini said he didn’t know what going on, whether his wife was hurt or not. He can only hear her screaming.

“I get the phone and, [I said], ‘Oh my God, honey.’ And of course she’s screaming,” Keith Papini said. “It’s very emotional. And, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you, Oh my God, you’re here. You’re back. Where are you?’ And then the phone gets taken away from her. Like, super quick.”

Getting that phone call and hearing his wife screaming made him feel “very mixed emotion[s],” Keith Papini said.

“I’m panicked but I’m happy because at this point this is the first time I’ve heard her voice,” he added. “I know she’s alive.”

Soon after getting the call, Keith Papini said he told the couple’s two children their mother had been found. He said he told their 4-year-old son, Tyler, first.

“I sat him down, and I was on my knees and he was standing up,” Keith Papini said. “And I said, ‘You know what, buddy? I found mom,’ and he got the biggest grin.’”

He then told their 2-year-old daughter, Violet. “I wanted to do it one by one,” Keith Papini said.

Keith Papini told ABC News in an exclusive statement this week that when he was reunited with his wife at the hospital, her face was “covered in bruises ranging from yellow to black because of repeated beatings,” the bridge of her nose had been broken and her signature long blond hair had been chopped off. He added that his wife weighed only 87 pounds when she was found.

On the day she was found, Keith Papini said his wife told him she had been in a vehicle with her alleged captors and that one of her arms was chained to something inside the car.

“She was bound … she had a metal chain around her waist,” he said. “She had a bag over her head … she was chained anytime she was in a vehicle.”

Keith Papini said his wife told him that at some point her alleged captors stopped the vehicle and opened the door. “They cut something” that freed her restraint that was holding her in the vehicle, he said, then pushed her out onto the road and drove away.

“She screamed so much, she’s coughing up blood from the screaming, trying to get somebody to stop [on the road],” he said. “And again just another sign of how my wife is, she’s so wonderful. She’s saying, ‘Well maybe people aren’t stopping because I have a chain that looks like I broke out of prison’ so she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes.”

Authorities said they have interviewed Sherri Papini twice about her ordeal and are still hunting for the alleged kidnappers.

Based on Sherri Papini’s description of her alleged captors, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told ABC News that authorities are searching for two Hispanic female adults armed with a gun and driving a dark SUV.

One suspect, the younger of the two, was described as having long curly hair and a thick accent, pierced ears and thin eyebrows, Bosenko said, while the other woman, the older one, was described as having straight black hair with some grays and thick eyebrows.

Bosenko also told ABC News that Sherri Papini had “branding” on her body that contained “a message.” He confirmed the details in Keith Papini’s account of his wife’s ordeal and said police have no reason to doubt her story.

“So far, we are investigating this as a kidnapping-abduction, and everything that she is providing us thus far is indicating that,” he said.

Watch Keith Papini’s emotional interview, in which he describes searching for his wife and then reuniting with her for the first time, on ABC’s 20/20 FRIDAY, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Woman Locked in Metal Container for Two Months Sues Suspected Serial Killer

iStock/Thinkstock(ANDERSON CITY, S.C.) — Kala Brown, a woman who was locked inside a metal container for more than two months, filed a lawsuit in civil court on Thursday seeking damages from suspected kidnapper and serial killer Todd Kohlhepp, reports WLOS, a local ABC affiliate.

Brown was discovered by detectives searching Kohlhepp’s property in rural South Carolina when they heard a banging coming from inside the container on Nov. 3. She and her boyfriend went missing on Aug. 31, according to police.

Brown’s suit alleges that after going out to the property “for the purpose of work that involved cleaning up,” Kohlhepp “presented a firearm and took Miss Brown hostage,” and “chained and locked her inside a metal shipping container.”

The suit seeks damages, alleging that Kohlhepp “forcefully kidnapped and imprisoned her, threatened and actually committed physical assault and battery upon her person, and intentionally and negligently inflicted severe emotional distress upon her.”

Brown’s lawyers allege that she was subjected to intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, assault and battery.

Brown, 30, told investigators that she witnessed Kohlhepp shoot and kill her boyfriend, Charles Carver. Carver’s body was later found in a shallow grave on the property.

Police suspect Kohlhepp’s involvement in a total of seven killings.

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Parents Disarm 15-Year-Old Who Fired Gun at Utah Junior High School: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Utah junior high school was placed on lockdown Thursday after a 15-year-old fired at least one round in a hallway — but the teen was disarmed by his parents, who came to the school after being concerned that guns had gone missing from their house, police said.

Police dispatchers received a 911 call form a Mueller Park Junior High School teacher around 8:15 a.m. who stated that there was an individual in the school firing a weapon, according to Bountiful City Police Chief Tom Ross.

The teen’s parents had gone to the school to look for their son and arrived before the shot was fired, Ross said. After they heard the gun go off, they were able to find and disarm him, Ross said. An officer arrived on scene within two minutes of the initial 911 call, and the teen was then taken into custody.

Active Shooter at Muller Park Jr. Suspect in custody, no injuries reported. Officers conducting clear of school now.

— BountifulCityPD (@bountifulcityPD) December 1, 2016

Police said the teen entered a classroom with 26 students and fired a shot to the ceiling. He did not speak to anyone in that instance, they said.

A shotgun and a handgun were recovered from the scene, as well as additional ammunition, police said. It is unclear which weapon was discharged.

The teen’s parents went to the school because they were “worried” about their son and were “concerned that there were weapons missing from the home,” Ross said. Police said that they also believed their son had been acting strangely. Someone had also tried to talk him out of carrying out the act, police said.

A motive is not known at this time. No others were involved in the ordeal, and the it is unclear if there were any targets, police said. The teen is being held in a juvenile detention center. No charges have been filed as of yet.

More than 100 law enforcement and emergency personnel responded, Ross said. The police department has done several drills over the years ever since the 1999 mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

The Davis School District announced that the lockdown had been lifted around 11 a.m., and school remained in session. Parents were not required to take their students home, but those who wished to were instructed to get their children from a nearby church. ABC News could not immediately reach the school district for comment.

Stephanie Neslen, whose son attends the school, said the drive to pick him up was the longest in her life.

“He texted me and said, ‘Mom, it’s not a drill. I heard a gun,'” Neslen told ABC Salt Lake City affiliate KTVX.

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Man Fatally Shoots Home Intruder While on Phone With 911: ‘They’re in My House’

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A man fatally shot one of three intruders who allegedly broke into his Sunrise, Florida, home in a dramatic moment all caught on the homeowner’s call to 911.

Sunrise police received the 911 call Monday from the homeowner, Warren Darlow, who told the police he saw a car pull into his driveway. According to arrest affidavits obtained by ABC News, Darlow then told police he saw men he didn’t know get out of the car and walk toward his home.

“Fearing the suspects were going to break into his house, Darlow armed himself with a shotgun,” the affidavits say. Darlow told police he loaded the gun and called 911, according to the affidavits. As he was on the phone with 911, the suspects shattered a glass door and broke in, he told police, the affidavits say.

“They’re in my house right now,” the victim whispers to the 911 dispatcher in the call, which was obtained by ABC News.

Darlow later told police he was worried that if the suspects weren’t already armed, they would arm themselves with one of Darlow’s guns that he keeps in plain view on nightstands, according to the affidavits.

Darlow told police “several times that he feared for his life,” according to the affidavits.

Darlow then fired his gun three times, according to the affidavits. Though the first shot did not hit anyone, the second shot did, the affidavits say. Darlow told police that after that second shot, he saw the injured individual appear to “reach toward something,” so Darlow fired again, the affidavits say.

On the 911 call, the homeowner tells the dispatcher, “I killed one, I think.”

The dispatcher asks about the other men and he says, “I don’t know.”

The homeowner then asks the dispatcher to tell the cops to hurry.

The injured suspect was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the affidavits.

Officers later stopped two men who matched descriptions given by Darlow; the suspects were both positively identified by Darlow as the men allegedly involved in the home invasion, and they were taken into custody. The men were later identified by police as Jose Coleman and Curtis Jefferies.

Jefferies, 26, and Coleman, 23, were arrested for homicide-willful kill-murder while engaged in certain felony and burglary-dwelling structure or conveyance armed. According to the affidavits, Coleman admitted to committing the burglary, but Jefferies maintained he just drove Coleman and the victim to the house, and said he was not involved in the break-in. It is not clear whether either man has obtained a lawyer. In Florida, anyone committing a felony can face a murder-related charge if a death occurs during the crime.

Broward County Court officials say both suspects were in front of the magistrate on the Nov. 28; no court dates have been set.

The Sunrise Police Department said Darlow will face no charges for killing the intruder.

Darlow declined to comment to ABC News about the incident.

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