Missing Montana Schoolteacher Sherry Arnold Considered Dead … Two Men Being Questioned (Update: Two Charged with Aggravated Kidnapping in connection with Death)
Sherry Arnold, the Montana school teacher who has been missing since Saturday morning, January 7, 2012, at about 6:30 AM when she went for a jog has been found dead. According to a statement by the FBI, law enforcement officers have taken “one adult male into custody, and another adult male is being questioned” in relation to Arnold’s case in Rapid City, South Dakota. An anonymous tip lead them to a 47 year old man who is presently in custody. The second individual, a 22 year old man is being detained as well. Neither man has yet been charged.
As reported by ABC News, the mayor of Sidney, Montana where Sherry Arnold vanished and has been declared dead appears to blame an influx of oil workers for the crime.
The FBI have taken 47-year-old man into custody and are questioning a 22-year-old man 330 miles away in Rapid City, S.D. But neither has been identified or charged in Arnold’s disappearance and death.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Arnold, the mother of six, was abducted and killed.
The town of about 5,000 people has seen an increase in violence due to an influx of oil field workers in recent months because of the Bakken oil boom in North Dakota.
UPDATE I: Hundreds of people gathered at Sidney High School for memorial for Sherry Arnold.
UPDATE II: Two men have been charged with aggravated kidnapping in the connection with the death of Sherry Arnold. The names of the suspects have yet to be released, more from the Billings Gazette.
On Saturday, police told the Billings Gazette that they had charged two men with aggravated kidnapping in connection with her death. The suspects are being held in Williston, North Dakota, which is about an hour away from Sidney. The men, who have not been identified, expected to be extradited back to Montana at some point, but it’s unclear when.
UPDATE III: FBI asks Montana and North Dakota landowners for help in search for missing teacher Sherry Arnold.
The FBI is asking Montana and North Dakota residents to check their properties for a shallow grave that could hold the remains of a missing math teacher.
Land owners in northeastern Montana and three North Dakota counties were urged to look for disturbed soil or matted grass — telltale signs of a freshly dug grave, according to an FBI statement.