Sherry Arnold: Missing school teacher from Montana Found


UPDATE:  Lester Van Waters, Jr., 50, was sentenced to 80 years in prison on Dec. 14, 2014 after pleading guilty for killing Arnold. Waters told the court that he and Michael Spell traveled from Colorado looking for work. While traveling they were using crack and began talking about kidnapping and killing a female. They came across Sherry and choked her to death. Waters was spared the death penalty by testifying against Spell.

Update: A body found outside of Williston, N.D., on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, is believed to be that of a missing school teacher from Sidney, Mont., officials said Wednesday.

“It is believed the remains are those of Sherry Arnold,” the FBI said in a press release, adding that further identification efforts were underway.

Update:  On Monday, Jan. 16, the state police has asked landowners in North Dakota and Montana to look for Sherry’s body who is suppose to be buried in a “shelter belt.”  A shelter belt is a row of trees planted alongside farmland to protect the soil from wind.

“Property owners who discover something unusual are asked not to disturb the site and immediately contact the Williams County Law Enforcement Center,” the FBI said in a statement.

UPDATE: Based on a tip, a male has been taken into custody and another adult male is being questioned by police.

Where is Sherry Arnold?  Sherry is 43, and is a high school math teacher that lives in Sidney, Montana.

On Saturday, Sherry left her home to go jogging, around 6:30 a.m., which is routine for her.  Her husband, Gary, called the police when she didn’t return after several hours.

The Sidney Police Dept. were right on it and organized a ground search with over 300 citizens, and by 3:30 p.m., they had found something.  It was Sherry’s shoe.  It was found on the northeastern part of town called the Truck Route.

“We could do a lot of what ifs.  We have one piece of evidence.  We are handling it as a missing person.  There were no indications that signs of anything.  But the shoe was found a little ways away from the road in a ditch,” said Police Chief Bob Burnison.

What has happened to Sherry?  Did someone abduct her or is it possible a wild animal?  I looked on the map and the town has farmland, so I don’t believe that an animal is a possibility.  Is it possible she was hit by a car?

A new search will begin on Monday, and a new search center will be designated.

Sherry is 5’10”, 140 pounds with black hair.  She was wearing a blue sweatshirt with a white stripe, red nylon pants with black leggings.

Sherry’s normal running route was near Sidney Country Club, the walking path, the truck route and cemetery road.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Sherry, please call 406-433-2919.
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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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  1. “We would like to thank police, FBI, people of Sidney, the people around who have turned out to help, and the role they played in bringing Sherry back home,” Arnold's husband, Gary Arnold, told ABC News. “It wasn't how we wanted her to come home, but she came home to us.”

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