Missing Montana schoolteacher found dead
January 13th, 2012
01:40 PM ET

Missing Montana schoolteacher found dead

Montana schoolteacher Sherry Arnold, missing since Saturday, has been found dead, according to a posting on the Sidney Public Schools website.

The school district provided no other information.

Law enforcement officers have taken "one adult male into custody, and another adult male is being questioned" in relation to Arnold's case, the FBI said Friday in a statement.

The 43-year-old schoolteacher was last seen out on a morning jog through her small town.

One of her running shoes was found along her route, but authorities indicated there had not been any other sign of Arnold.

Sidney police Chief Frank DiFonzo said earlier this week that teams had been using dogs and aircraft to search for Arnold and have gotten help from National Guard members as well as volunteers.

On Thursday, the FBI put out a poster of Arnold and added her to its "kidnapping and missing persons" website.

Arnold's disappearance has hit the small community hard, including at Sidney High School, where she is a math teacher. Situated near North Dakota and about 100 miles south of the Canadian border, Sidney has a population of just under 5,200 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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  1. saywhat

    Tragic. A school teacher out on a jog and to what end.
    I just hope & pray that the family is spared further shock & grief of a gruesome crime.

    January 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Sidney, I am so, so sorry for your loss.
    Condolences to her family and to all those who loved her.

    January 13, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TORI ©

    My sincere sympathies are with her family, friends, students, and community. A terrible loss.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    I send my deep sympathy to the family and numerous friends of Mrs. Arnold.

    January 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bobcat (in a hat)©

    My condolences to the family. Although it's bad how they found her, at least this time the closure can come quicker.

    January 13, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Monatana Mom

    My heart goes out to Sherri's family, friends and the whole Sydney community. I pray that you all find some comfort in your cherished memories and know that there are a lot of people that are holding you in their hearts in this time of such deep sorrow. May God bless you all.

    January 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mimi

    My condolences to her family and friends. I would say it is definitely someone who knows her daily routine. The husband, a neighbor, a friend or a college.

    January 14, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daringdove

    There has been no official confirmation that Sherry Arnold's body has been found. The school itself published the news of her death on their site, but officially, neither the Sidney Police Dept. or the FBI have confirmed having a body. In fact, the Mayor said "as far as I know, we don't have a body" in another article. Right now there is quite a bit of confusion going on surrounding the case, nationally and even locally. The Sidney Herald newspaper publisher hasn't even been able to get confirmation on whether or not Sherry is deceased, let alone of there was a body found. The only things anyone knows for certain at this point is that two men were taken into custody for questioning.

    January 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. blp


    January 15, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lori

    They don't have her body. FBI is asking for help in locating her in North Dakota. They believed she is buried in either Williams, Mckenzie or Mountrail county North Dakato. They have released the names of two suspects from parachute, co. Lester Van Waters 47 & Michael Keith Spell 22.

    January 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Donn

    Have the authorities back track the truckers to see if other missing women along their route have disappeared or been reported missing?

    January 16, 2012 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lori

    On mugshots.com it shows this lester van waters. It appears it was involved in a hit & run in 2007 in florida. Maybe FBI should release discription of vechicle. It might help locate her body if someone seen it in the area.

    January 16, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. LJ

    Yeah, is she dead or not? Friday you report her body has been found and today you report the FBI wants help to find her body! Nancy Grace also reported her body was found last week.

    January 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. gotnotimetobleed

    Of course!! Nancy Grace is on the case!! I heard they found Nancy Grace's brain after an extended search!! In a bag on her kitchen table labeled "Things not needed / donate to Good Will". Ugh!! If she wasn't so perfect....shake her closet I'm sure a few freak skeletons would fall out.

    January 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • hotrod

      gotnotimetobleed, totally agree.What a loud mouth. I try to avoid her.

      January 18, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. gotnotimetobleed

    Who believes Nancy Grace?? I heard they found Nancy Grace's brain after an extended search....on her kitchen table in a paper bag labeled "Things not needed / donate to Goodwill." Ugh....DO NOT believe the media. They never get it right and they can't even wrangle any details of this murder mystery. More to it than they're letting on.

    January 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
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