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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I have been to Montana many times for work, and stayed in every town of any size.
    The people who live there are warm, caring, and generally lacking in arrogance. It would be good to see some respect shown here for those affected by this disappearance.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon D.

      Their general lack of arrogance obviously didn't rub off on you.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Jon D, since you have nothing good to say, say nothing.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. M

    When I first heard about this I thought it was a true abduction. But now I realize she went out running before sun-up. Who says she was last seen at 6:30. If it was the husband he had something to do w/ it.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sksk

      well she's a teacher.....so if she has to be to work like most teachers do, an hour or so before the kids get there, then she would have to go running before sun up. Makes sense to me.

      January 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      U need to take this off my god do u have any respect!

      January 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      You're a real piece of work. What are you a detective or something. With about a paragraph of bull**** you manage to somehow find the husband at fault here?

      January 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      Spoken like someone who clearly doesn't have their facts straight, OR know the husband. I do, as well as everyone else from town. A truly ignorant post.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • montana resident

      I don't believe the oriiginal poster here meant anything bad by it. He or she is just going off statistics and what our news today is like. Just expressing their thought. There not trying to be mean.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis Dynneson

      That is the worst assumption I have ever heard. You obviously have not met Gary. He is the sweetest man I have ever met. Also, she goes out running at 6:30 because it is a routine and she stays in shape to set an example for her children. She is the most wonderful, caring woman I have ever been able to know. I miss her more than anything in the world right now and you're hurtful comments are not helping. Get a life.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidney res

      what a horrible thing to say Mr and mrs arnold are fantastic people and gary would never hurt a fly i seriously can not believe that this was said unless you know the people the situation or the town why would you make assumptions she ran everyday sometimes around the whole town everybody in sidney used to know everybody it was a nice small town where you could leave doors and cars unlocked then the oil moved in and the crime rate went up but this community is still amazing we have all banded together to help look for sherry just as we always band together when there is a problem and i can honestly say everybody that knows gary know he had nothing to do with this

      January 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. montana resident

    Karma! is all I have to say to the insensitive jerks out there!

    January 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bd09

    i really hope that they find her safe and return her home to her family...she is missed dearly and we all want her back...im proud of our community though trying to find her...there was alot of volunteers out there yesterday and i hope that no one will give up until she's found...im praying day and night that they find her...

    January 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa Lucas

    Regarding her hair color: Obviously the description was given by her family, so they would know best. The picture being used is a summer picture. Her hair is very dark, but lightens up in the summer from the sun. It's January in Montana–even blondes are hard to come by this time of year (without a little help).

    January 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wowzers

    LOL admit you dont lock your car doors..... wonderful... these ppl sure are smart

    January 9, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGuest9

      There are a lot of places away from the coasts where people don't lock their doors.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Travis

      LOL make it clear that you're a moron by going on here and posting ignorant comments without having your facts straight...wonderful....wowzers sure is smart.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't lock doors

      Well, you really don't have to lock your doors in a town of a few hundred people. I live close to Sidney and our town population is at a booming 150. TOTAL. If someone where to break into my car, they had a good reason, needed something and will return it when they are done. . . If you don't understand living in a small town, don't judge. And just because we have a low population does not mean we aren't intelligent.

      January 10, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. JL

    I hope this lady is found and I hope she is found well and soon.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sara

    People's shoes always come off during car accidents–maybe someone hit her and took her body with them to hide the evidence.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidney Resident

      We are considering that...they could have hit her and paniced and taken her and hid her...

      January 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    What? They're not smart because they don't lock their cars?
    How limited are you?
    Where I grew up, people didn't have to lock their cars or houses.
    Nobody would have entered unwanted.
    People used to be decent in many places.
    In some places, they still are.
    It doesn't make you stupid to live as if you were civilized.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • gingerpeach

      you are so right!!

      January 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Concerned

    First of all sorry to the town and the family of this missing person, sorry there are such rude people in this world, all they want is attention and they are certainly getting it. Ignore them.

    I want to say there are people that care and will be praying for Sherry's safe return.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    People are even making cracks about teachers here.
    Teachers are very good people. They do very hard work for much too little money.
    They have to prepare for their careers.
    I am astounded by the lack of respect displayed on this single thread.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • gingerpeach

      respect or lack of it is what is wrong with this country. this would be a wonderful world if people had the respect they did say 20 yesrs ago.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      JIF:
      Remember what site you are on; one shouldn't be amazed at the cruelty of people who use words to wound.

      Thoughtless. Simply thoughtless.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. boilly

    I don’t care what the trolls post here I will not let it dampen my hope that our teacher and friend will be found. You can speculate all you want, it’s expected. There are witnesses who saw her on her morning run. She was alone, her husband and children were home waiting for her. They were not involved in her disappearance. She was a very structured person who kept on schedule even on her days off. She was devoted to her job and her family. She did not, could not, voluntarily leave them. We are as certain of that as we are of anything. There is no indication of an animal attack. Our town is rural but she was running on paved streets by a church, post office and factory. Bears are rare in this area. As are mountain lions and the suggested pack of coyotes. Our hope is high and we continue to pray for her to be found. Sherry is a good person. If someone has taken her we hope they drop her off, let her go. Let her return to her family. It doesn’t have to be like this.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • montana resident

      well said!

      January 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yeah Right

    Why is it that some men like to killl women? Are they just that dead inside? There's got to be something better you can do with your time.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis Dynneson

      She's not dead.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. stella marie lee

    I'm from london,england this has affected me deeply ,I've had a similar incident in my life I pray to god this lady is found safe and well I would like to say to the family ,friends and commmunity of this lady you are not alone and this worrying time I'm praying so hard tonight for you all #god is good god bless you all x

    January 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Travis

    I, for one, am proud to be a Montanan and I am from the area. Most people in this town rallied together from the moment word got out Saturday morning and have worked nonstop, volunteering money, effort, help, and prayer ever since without a moment's rest. I was born here, I was raised here, and I will probably live the rest of my life and die here because I love where I am from. There are locals and out-of-towners all banding together for a common cause. All that being said, the naysayers on here posting negative comments need to pull their head out of their @$$. If you're on here pointing fingers and generally not helping the situation, GTFO and go troll another article and have a little respect. Either that or you're welcome to come to the town of Sidney and go out to the most crowded bar in town tonight and express your opinion.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
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