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Report: Husband of missing NorCal jogger cleared

REDDING, Calif. -- The husband of a missing northern California mother who vanished more than a week ago has been ruled out as a suspect after taking a polygraph test, reports the Los Angeles Times.

34-year-old Sherri Papini has been missing since she went for a jog on the afternoon of Nov. 2  in the tiny town of Mountain Gate in Shasta County.

The Redding Record Searchlight reported the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is dedicating nearly all its investigators to the case as well as some Redding police detectives. The sheriff’s office has said they are still trying to determine whether the disappearance was “voluntary or involuntary.”

Officials say her husband, Keith Papini, reported her missing when he came home from work and found that she hadn’t picked up their two children from daycare.

Keith Papini reportedly used the “Find my iPhone” mobile app to track his wife’s phone, finding it near an intersection along with her headphones, which had strands of her hair attached to them, according to the LA Times. He has been cooperating with detectives and submitted to a polygraph Monday as the search for his wife ramped up, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“The results of the polygraph examination indicate he has no involvement with the disappearance of his wife,” Lt. Anthony Bertain, a spokesman for Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement released to the paper. “Sheriff’s Office detectives have confirmed his whereabouts on the day in question, and there is no physical evidence at this time suggesting he had any involvement.”

Her family has said they fear she was abducted.

So far, investigators have reportedly received more than 200 tips and are reviewing surveillance video and information obtained from the couple’s cellphones and email accounts.

Anyone with information is asked to call to call the Shasta County sheriff’s office at (530) 245-6540 or the Major Crimes Unit (530) 245-6135. Tips also can be submitted at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.

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