Sherri Papini, the Californian mother of two who was missing for 22 days has fled her home with her husband and children.
A neighbour told the New York Post, the family have gone 'way up north, in cold country.'
Another neighbour added: 'I don’t think they’re ever coming back here again.'
Papini, who went missing on November 2, claims two Hispanic women forced her into a car at gunpoint.
Three weeks later, she was found “branded” and alive more than 200km from Redding home.
Former FBI special agent Brad Garrett speculated that the marking would be just another way for her captors to change her identity.
“The branding is so she will become part of their group; they want to eliminate her past. They cut her hair, they simply starved her, they beat her, maybe torture, etc. And it’s to make her part of whatever they are,” Mr Garrett said on Good Morning America.