Missing California woman was branded, covered in bruises, husband says

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SAN FRANCISCO — The husband of a Northern California mother who went missing for three weeks after a reported kidnapping says his wife was covered in black and yellow bruises when she was found last week.

Keith Papini says his wife weighed only 87 pounds and was tossed from a car with a bag over her head. Her hair had been cut off and she had been branded. He said investigators told him to "brace himself" before he was united with her.

Sherri Papini was found on the side of a freeway on Thanksgiving after she disappeared while jogging Nov. 2 near her home in Redding, California, about 140 miles north.

Keith Papini told "Good Morning America" that his 34-year-old wife had a chain around her waist that was attached to her wrists when she was thrown from the car. She freed a hand and flagged down a motorist. Police are looking for two armed women who Sherri Papini says abducted her.

The motive for the kidnapping has not been released.