Yall keep bringing this stuff and people keep posting.  But I’m getting a little bit confused about what really happened that night. Guys I know you are probably tired of it.  But what is going on with Tom Bosenko?  Yall know him I don’t.  I understand that he doesn’t want to seem partial, but is he flip flopping?

We were just told not to doubt that she was kidnapped,  but then he says WE NEVER phrased it that way.  Ok fine.  How was she chained to something and able to walk?  When the FIRST REPORT came through,  I believed that account.  The woman said she didn’t look hurt. They pulling a fast one on us. She walked to a church?  Oh bless her.

Tell me what is the FIRST thing that a detective can do to find 2 Latino females?  How do you search for them with NO DESCRIPTION?  YOU racially profile.  Thats how.  And that aint cool.


Courtesy of Record Searchlight

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko today shed more light on the Thanksgiving rescue of Sherri Papini after she was missing for three weeks.

A driver called 911 after finding Papini, of Mountain Gate, about 4:30 a.m. Thanksgiving on a road near Interstate 5 in Yolo County. She’d been missing since Nov. 2 and described her alleged abductors as two Hispanic women with a gun.

When asked to elaborate on scanner reports that Papini, 34, was found “chained to something,” Bosenko noted that his agency has not phrased it that way.

“We weren’t specific on how she was restrained,” he said. “After being released, dropped off, however you want to refer to it, she walked to a nearby church, and then nobody was there, and then walked to I-5 near Road 17, where she flagged down a motorist.”

While the same dispatch reports indicated she was “heavily battered,” Bosenko also would not specify what kind of injuries Papini had. But he did confirm the type of injuries that get someone “treated and released,” as Papini was.

“When you say, ‘treated and released’ … no different than if you went up to the ER for a sprained ankle, they treated you and released you. Now, if you had a compound fracture due to that bone being broken, then you’d probably be admitted, have to stay for a few days,” Bosenko explained.

He also said his earlier use of the word “assault” to describe Papini’s injuries was based on the “heavily battered” comment.

“We’re not providing the details, other than they were non-life threatening and that she was treated and released,” he said of the injuries.

Alison Sutton, a driver who said she saw Papini on the side of the road and called 911, told the New York Daily News that Papini “didn’t look like she was hurt, but she did look scared.”

She told the News that Papini was waving some type of fabric for help and “was not appropriately dressed for as cold as it was.”

Bosenko said Papini’s description of her alleged captors was “very limited,” and he would not say whether she had seen them or may have been blindfolded.

“At the time, again, she gave us very limited information of the suspects, and part of that was based on her trauma, emotional trauma,” he said, noting that “sometimes the mind can block off traumatic events from recollection.”

Bosenko said people should always be cautious when in public and preferably exercise in pairs or groups, but they should also remember that “abduction, whether it be targeted or random, is rare.”

What else is either unknown or not being released: 

  • Whether Papini was sexually assaulted
  • Whether Papini was wearing the same clothing she had on when she went missing
Next steps in the investigation:

Investigators had “somewhat lengthy of an interview” with Papini today, Bosenko said, though the details of that interview were not immediately available.

He said he didn’t know whether they’ll interview her again.

“We don’t have information if this was a targeted abduction or if it was a random act,” Bosenko said.

His investigators “worked through the Thanksgiving holiday, including the weekend” to find the ones allegedly responsible for Papini’s disappearance, Bosenko said.

That includes continued reviews of surveillance footage and cellular tower information, he said.

Tom Bosenko aint no joke.  His resume is extensive.

Sheriff Bosenko has over 30 years of active, progressive participation and experience with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his election he was the Patrol Division Captain. His duties included: planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating division activities. Division activities included: patrol operations, school resource officers (Youth Services), D.A.R.E., S.W.A.T., Shasta Anti-Gang Enforcement (SAGE), Safe Streets detail, and K-9 Unit.

As a lieutenant, he commanded the South County/Anderson Patrol Station (largest in the Sheriff’s Office) with 26 employees and supervisors. He oversaw the Youth Services Unit and supervised the development of the Safe School Initiative. He also assisted in the development of the Sheriff’s Office Community Safety Plan.

As a sergeant, Tom had several assignments which provided development and diversity in preparation for future positions. In addition to patrol operations, he supervised in jail operations and the Community Oriented Police Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit. As administrative sergeant working directly for the sheriff and undersheriff, he developed policies and procedures, conducted research, and investigated personnel matters. Tom has served as a S.W.A.T. member and team leader, dive team member, field training officer (FTO), and K-9 Unit coordinator and handler.

Tom received his bachelor of science degree in Criminology from California State University Fresno in 2000, graduating with high honors. He attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in 2001. His academic emphasis at the academy was leadership and organizational management. He completed the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Law Enforcement Command College in 2004. The program focused on organizational leadership skills, knowledge needed to anticipate and prepare for the future, and strategic planning. As a sergeant, Tom completed the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute. He completed the POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 1979 and received his associate of arts degree in Administration of Justice from Shasta College in 1978. Tom has earned over 2,500 hours of training from POST and other providers throughout his career. A lifelong learner, he continues with his training and education.


She won’t fool him. Guys like this can spot a lie miles away.  Now I don’t know if hes as sharp as he used to be,  mainly because hes the Sheriff. Thats a more backstage approach to Law Enforcement. But I’m curious to see how this plays out.