Police: Shoe only clue to teacher who went missing after run
Sidney, Montana, residents have created a Find Sherry Arnold page on Facebook to coordinate searches for the teacher.
January 9th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

Police: Shoe only clue to teacher who went missing after run

Police and residents are combing through the town of Sidney, Montana, in hopes of finding a teacher who went missing after going for a morning run, leaving behind no trace besides a lone shoe, the city's police chief told CNN.

Schoolteacher Sherry Arnold, 43, left her home Saturday morning for a run along her normal path, but she never returned, Sidney police Chief Frank DiFonzo said.

DiFonzo said that teams have been searching areas around the eastern Montana town since Arnold's disappearance using dogs and aircraft. He said the National Guard was also assisting.

Police described Arnold as 5 feet, 10 inches and 140 pounds with black hair. She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt with a white stripe and red nylon pants with black leggings.

Police are looking into different scenarios regarding Arnold's disappearance, but they believe she may have been abducted or possibly hit by a vehicle, DiFonzo said.

"Everything's accounted for, her personal things, her vehicle is accounted for," Bob Burnison, the assistant police chief, told CNN affiliate KRTV-TV in Great Falls. "We just feel that there's something drastic, either happened to her or something to that effect, why she wouldn't have made contact back."

The police chief said there was no evidence the shoe remained behind after an animal attack, one scenario that residents had been floating.

Christine Mullen, 26, a CNN iReport contributor, said that she went to the site of one of the searches, where thousands turned up to help.

"We've got horses going out and ATVs and people just going out on their own," Mullen told CNN. "There's a lot of pasture, dirt roads and farmland to cover."

Mullen said she doesn't know Arnold but she feels the impact of her disappearance.

"In this community when something like this happens, it's not just a small thing where a few people are involved," Mullen said, adding that some employers are even allowing people to leave work to take part in the search. "Everybody is involved."

Mullen's iReport about Arnold attracted strong response from readers, including pleas from residents to help search and bring the teacher's disappearance to light.

Facebook group: Help find Sherry Arnold

"We're such a small community, and crime is absolutely unheard of," Mullen said. "We don't lock our car doors. (We're) completely shocked."

Police said they will continue to search for clues.

"We're going to keep going until we can get some answers here," Burnison told KRTV. "We just want to find her, you know. Our hope is she's OK."

soundoff (249 Responses)
  1. PA Bucks County Resident

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her and for her safe return.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Our thoughts and prayers are with her. Hope she is found alive and well. -Jeff

    January 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Well done, P.
    You've managed to tick an entire STATE off.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sunflower

    No one has mentioned if there is a lot of snow in the area, and if it's drifted on the side of the road. could she have collapsed and fallen into a snow bank?

    January 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • montana resident

      No snow in that area that I am aware of. Been a warm winter for January.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidneymontanaresident

      there is not one bit of snow over here at all

      January 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidney Resident

      There is no snow...

      January 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. montana resident

    They say group on facebook and have page for the link. I found there is a group and a page. However, It does show how many are trying all they can to find her with all the searchers and volunteers. I hope they get this on national televised news soon or the search for her finds her or more leads to where she is. Just keep her in the news and keep searching.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Caroline

    This woman is my friend's cousin, and she and her family are completely devastated. My friend can barely get out of bed to take care of her little boy. I am one of the biggest clowns you'll ever meet, and it's beyond me how anyone could think a joke about this would be funny. Please have some humanity.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chakkis

    well either a bear got her or an evil man with dark intentions

    January 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      how about we all just stop assuming things okay? stop acting like you know the end of this story.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MtRes

      A bear? In eastern Montana? In town? Wow. Nice theory.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lindy

    As a former teacher and runner (don't run anymore due to knee injury), other considerations could be animals...out in rural MT, wolves and coyotes run in packs (power's in the number) and even though bears and mtn lions are suppose to be hibernating, they too could be out and about...maybe she encountered something like that...also, when this runner susceptible to any health prob.~could've she passed out somewhere...I hope she's found well and alive...

    January 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidney Resident

      We obviously havent ruled out an animal attack...but wouldnt there be blood? and we have searched every ditch, canal, field,alley,everything imaginable! there has been NOTHING except for her shoe...which is a sign of struggle.

      January 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • montana resident

      My opinion is they have searched enough around the area she would have been had she had a health problem. And if there was an animal I believe there would be some evidence of an injury and there has been no reports to suggest that.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kehanna

      Sorry montana resident i ment to reply. not report abuse.. have the police looked into a hit and run.. Only taking her with. That would explain the shoe. also it would explain no blood evidence. I mean it is possible to be stuck by a vehical and have internal injuries and no bleeding. I am just praying that they find her safe and sound..

      January 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jordan S

    Only prayers and hope can help in this time of tragedy which is why our small community cries out for the help of any and everyone to return our beloved teacher back home

    January 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • montana resident

      well spoken.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    Mountain lion.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      useless comment

      January 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • LKsSoapBox

      Bill . . . a useless "human".

      January 10, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • LKsSoapBox

      and IT goes by the name of yannaes

      January 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chakkis

    My money is on an evil man with dark intentions, if she isn't found by the end of this week chances are...... not good.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      whats with all the negativity? youve posted that multiple times here. im beginning to suspect you're the "evil" man

      January 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jaintn

    I hope she's found and that she's fine. One thing though. I read articles where someone's gone missing and the townspeople say they never lock their doors and thing of that nature. In a pefect world it would not be necessary to lock your house, car, office, or anything else, but it's NOT a perfect world. My grandparents house in rural Tennessee didn't even HAVE locks on the doors or windows. They lived like that for years and were very lucky nobody decided to pay them a visit in the middle of the night. Unfortunately this is a big scary world, and regardless of where you live, you have to be vigilant and you need to teach your kids to be vigilant. Complacency is a dangerous thing these days.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. iankearl

    Article and missing poster should specify that hair may be dyed or lightened. Picture on flier does not reflect black hair. May help in locating her. Condolences to her family.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sharon Raine

    I certainly hope they find her and she has somehow survived and will be okay.. though I know the chances are slim this will happen. Cannot help but hope.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      I don't understand how you know the chances when no one is sure what happened to her.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I do not know how anybody could be flip about this, or try to relate it to a personal issue from childhood.
    A person like that would not "run away from home," and she would not leave a lone shoe if she did, barring the most bizarre thinking on her part.
    My thinking is that she was abducted and threw the shoe as a clue. Perhaps she was struck by a vehicle and removed.
    Whatever happened, this is a terrible time for those who love this woman.
    I feel terrible for them.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • montana resident

      Thats what I have been thinking. Either one of those two scenarios. So Sad.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      @JIF, re: your 4:10 post:

      Consider the source, then dismiss it as unworthy of any more thought; a leopard cannot change its spots.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
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