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. nomercy101

    Need some teeth to go with them gums?

    January 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Need a heart to go into that empty cavity in your chest?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • nomercy101

      I did play the tin man in grammer school.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      That explains it. Never mind.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1StuckinSA

      Preening because you so enjoy your own bitterness? Hope nothing like this ever happens to you or your family or friends.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis Dynneson

      Need some a** for that hole?

      January 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LKsSoapBox

      Hell hath no fury like Satan. You're right, you will receive no mercy - good luck with that tool!!

      January 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stella marie lee

    My comment has been mixed up with another persons ,this site has problems

    January 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      Yeah...one just arrived and the name is banasy McNasty!

      January 9, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    She scared a bear and he ate her!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Oh No! banasy the banana and Obama lover found us! Careful folks....he will report you to the White House if you are nasty!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Awwww...did I dare say something like "we get it: Ed Sr. of Dallas TX hates Obama?"

      We get it. You do.

      This is about a missing woman; do you think you can focus enough to say somthing about that and not about your irrational hatered for the POTUS?

      Have an ounce of compassion.
      You must have some.
      There's an Ed Jr. running around out there somewhere, so you had feelings at one time....

      January 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nomercy101

    did she really think a mask would scare the wild animals away?

    January 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis Dynneson


      January 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chase Cvancara

      You are a fricken idoit. Its easy to talk big hiding behind a keyboard at home isnt it. why don't you come over to Sidney and say that to someone yourself. Gaurantee you wouldn't last long.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      What is wrong with you people? Have some decency!

      January 10, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Huricanelane

    Unfortunately this is the type of comments one gets throughout CNN.

    Being raised in Sidney and knowing the people and the community involved, this situation is more than heartbreaking. My thoughts are with the family.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

      Sidney, Ohio?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • nomercy101

      Sidney, Australia?

      January 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis Dynneson

      Sidney, Montana.

      January 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Leian

    All I have to say to the people writing the negative comments is REALLY? Why is it that you feel the need to write stupid, heartless comments? How would you feel if someone was making comments like that about your missing loved ones? Seriously did your parents NOT teach you compassion? To the nice, loving, positive comments thank you! I am from Sidney, MT. I am PROUD to be from Sidney, MT! What does it matter if her hair color changed, what she was wearing? I understand it helps find a person easier, but to be bashed for it is kinda lame. What does it matter that she is an adult, a teacher, and that she was running at 6:30 in the morning? What matters and in my opinion should matter is that a PERSON, someone else's WORLD is missing. To the people commenting about ignorant, MT people not locking their houses or cars, what does that have to do with someone who turned up missing while JOGGING?! How is it that politics get brought up in most situations? If you want to talk politics-call a politician! To the ones out there aiding in the search, YOU ROCK, and you are great!

    January 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leian

      To the friends and family of Mrs. Arnold, I am sorry you have to go thru this, you are all in my thoughts and prayers!

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

      All these idiots making the rude comments want to do is make this about them! I guess some people will do anything to get attention!!!! My focus is that a loving, caring and great woman comes home safe! My thoughts and prayers go out to Sherry's family! I'm proud of our community, the dedication and compassion that everyone is giving. It's pulling together and doing what we can in this moment that matters!

      January 10, 2012 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Leian

      These negative comments are so pathetic its sad they even make them, they make delete buttons on computers for a reason, a few of you (a lot actually) should maybe think about using them more. I'm not a religious person, but I am curious as to how many of the people making these negative, lame, and mostly childish comments are Christians. If any of them are then, I pity you, cuz you're lying.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. nomercy101

    What do you want from us libtards, look at the jokster in the WH

    January 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis Dynneson

      I'm really sick of your nasty comments.

      January 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidney Resident

      I agree with Alexis!

      January 9, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chase Cvancara

      most of us in eastern montana are not liberals. shows how much you know

      January 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. woodrow

    This might sound lame but, I do not jog because my neighborhood is too dangerous. I just don't want to get shot, run down, or mugged for my 'health'. I know it sounds as stupid as this does. Go for a jog and never return.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bd09

    all u twelve year old immature kids get off of here and get a life instead of sit on here and bad mouth ppl u cud get wat us real adults call a job we are all hopin for the best but u guys have to talk like this really? how wud u feel if u were. in our position? wud like answers!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ¬©‚ĄĘ

    Residents of Sydney, please know that most people who know about this situation are praying for you and sending you good thoughts at this difficult time.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sidney Resident

    The more of these cruel and horrible comments i read, the more my heart breaks. How could you say these mean and awful things? Can you imagine what her family is going to be feeling when they read this? They are going through enough right now, they dont need you worthless pieces of **** making things worse for them. I feel soo sorry for all of you that are making these rude comments and i really hope that some day Karma comes and kicks your ***! This community has done nothing but search for her and clues! Thank you to everybody who has posted nice and caring things and to everybody who has helped look for her. I am sooo proud of this community and how we have brought everybody together to help her! I can only hope that these heartless people feel horrible and get no sleep tonight! I hope nothing like this happens to you because then we will see how many people are out looking for you. All we can do is hope and pray for her safe return and hope nobody ever gives up...she is a huge part of this community and we all miss her and want to see her smiling face again! <3

    January 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nicole

      plz read Jan. 10th 4:09 a.m. It's hard to ignore and does hurt, but there is a more important issue at hand, than playing into the reaction they are trying to get out of everyone! We need to focus and stay strong for Sherry!

      January 10, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Alexis Dynneson

    Please stop the nasty comments. This is unbearably hard for all of us here in Sidney and we don't appreciate them.

    January 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Max Flores in Placentia, CA

    Its amazing the cowardice that is shown on these comment boards. Its amazing the cruel statements that are made. These ignorant, uncompassionate, thoughtless, cowardly and cruel people hide behind their screen names and spew this nonsense at the expense of others. I dare people to put their true names when posting along with contact information. These idiots wouldn't because then they would be no longer anonymous. So to all those idiots out there–post your true name and contact information so we can all see what kind of person would be so cruel. Just so tired of people funning on the loss of life. There is nothing funny or humorous about the loss of a living and breathing human or creature!! I am so sorry for the Arnold family and friends. I hope that the searchers, bless 'em all, can find her. There are so many scenarios that can play out–lets just pray for Ms. Arnold's safety and that she will find her way home–no matter the outcome. My name is Max Flores and I live in Placentia, CA (Orange County).

    January 9, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fairy Godmother

    damn! not the one shoe again? I told that hard-headed child to be gettin' home before the spell wore off...

    January 9, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • sidneymontanaresident

      You think this is funny? its not an honestly if this happens to you i hope someone is as immature about it as you are. But i guarantee you it will not be anyone from my community. We have a lot more respect than that.

      January 9, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexis Dynneson

      You really don't understand what you're rude comments are doing to us, do you?

      January 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
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