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. Amanda

    All of you who think this is a joke, are you kidding me!?!?! This obvioulsy shows how a small town differs from you stuck up, selfish city folks. Our town is absolutely devistated. This woman is an outstanding teacher, wife, mother, citizen, friend, an absolutely amazing person. No one in this world deserves what she must be going through right now, but especially not her. Grow up, pass this story on, and help find her. There is bigger things out there than yourself and right now is a time to be completely selfless and help other people in a time of tragedy.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      you thik that people are selfish from the city.... well you dont see all the people that go missing in chicago on the news......did you know that every 30min someone goes missing in chicago!! trust me you dont know what you are talking about we just know how to handle our self...but i pray that they find her!!!

      January 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.S.

      Big city people care too (I do and I'm from a huge city). I've been following this story and I am also offended by the rude comments. The more people respond, the more those comments will come, because they want your reaction. Rise above it, and anyone who has relevant information keep posting! That's what will help bring her home. I'm watching the story and hoping for her safe return home.

      January 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • playfair

      I pray they find her safe. She sounds like an amazing person. But please don't offend good caring people that happen to live in the city. There are many of us that would help search for her if we were closer. I know I would. Just ignore the rude and immature comments, they are on every page, not just this one. My prayers are with your community and especially Mrs. Arnold.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sidney res

    Completely agree with Amanda! Instead of posting comments that are going to hurt the people who care about her (family friend co workers the community in general) Please just pass the story and leave comments that give us hope we are all really worried and love Sherry very much so please be positive and help us get the story out there

    January 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yannaes

    What is she missing? The other shoe? Mr. Plumb in the study.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Chavez

      You are an idiot. But when someone kidnaps you, let’s see if anyone looks for you. May God forgive you and find her.

      January 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      hahahaha. of course I am an idiot, glad you recognize one of your own. hahaha

      January 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • playfair

      wow. immature, heartless, and attention-starved.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      playfair: Thanks, you got my attention.

      January 11, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. sidney res

    Yannaes do you have no heart ? This is someones wife mother daughter sister cousin teacher and a member of my community !!!! seriously these hurtful comments are not helping they are causing more pain ever hear the saying if u dont have anything nice to say dont say anything at all IT APPLIES Im seriously sick and tired off all the hurtfull comments it makes not only me sick but my whole community we are all hurt scared and worried and you and the other people who feel the need to leave comments like this are doing nothing to help! we need to get it out that theres a missing person not make hurtful comments that are neither helpful or funny so it you have and decency you will stop posting comments like this and start trying to make a difference !!! She is an amazing worman, and a major part of our community and i hope we find her soon so she can be reunited with her family.

    January 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • playfair

      I pray she is found safe.

      January 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      playfair: are you craving attention?

      January 11, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    Amanda – don't listen to morons like that with stupid things to say. The decent people out there of course hope she's found quickly and safe. But please don't generalize "you stuck up, selfish city folks" – that's just letting yourself come down to the level of the idiot you were responding to. You don't need to live in a small town to have human compassion, and just because you live in a big city doesn't mean you've lost your humanity. There's idiots everywhere. I hope they find this woman alive and well.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • playfair

      Mike, well said.

      January 10, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Western Montana Resident

    Those of us throughout Montana are praying and sending good thoughts to our Eastern half. I sincerely hope they find her and she is okay.

    January 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. oliviafrancois

    well i hope you find her she looks like a sweet girl...........................also am 13 so dont think i have some thing to do with this...........................have a good day.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TheLovliestChik

    This is heartbreaking, & noone should have to experience something like this. to her friends & family stay strong and positive!

    January 10, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MT Teresa

    Someone should forward this to America's Most Wanted so they can air it this weekend to keep an eye out for Sherri. I'm not tech-savy enough.

    January 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Take a Chance

    Look, all the haters out there, dont hate on this poor community who could possibly lose someone dear to them.
    *Posted by a city folk in Jacksonville*

    January 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ac

    To all of the people who want to find Sherry Arnold- Please disregard the comments of ignorant, selfish and heartless people on this website. The nature of the Internet allows ANYONE to post ANYTHING. Often times, small, insecure people post irritating comments to get a rise out of others. They lack the ability to stand up for anything in real life and choose to take power over the internet. Ignore them. We know who Sherry is. We are hoping and praying for her return.Stay strong, be faithful, and let God handle the evil, both contained int he world and made evident on this commentary.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. playfair

    I hope they find her safe. It bothers me that the article states she went her "normal path". I have always been told to vary your running times and not go the same route each time, just in case there is someone watching out there.

    January 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RM

    Do they not bring search dogs in to these cases right away? Seems like that would be the fastest way to track where she went. Or did they and I missed it somewhere? It makes me crazy that they are going to stop searching for her after today.....where are the dang search dogs at? She could be out there in the freezing weather. I hope they find her safe!

    January 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Miles City MT

    Prayers for a safe return from Miles City.

    Please ignore the internet trolls, they will never go away.

    January 10, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TD5

    Why is this article about a woman who lost her shoe?

    January 10, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
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