Missing & Murdered Montana Teacher Sherry Arnold Choked to Death and Buried in Random Abduction by Suspects Michael Spell & Lester Waters

The first details are being released regarding the abduction of missing and now murdered Montana school teacher Sherry Arnold. According to Richland County prosecutor Mike Weber, Arnold’s abduction was a random act of violence by two drugged up suspects who choked her to death and then buried the 43 year old on a farmstead outside of Williston, North Dakota. Sherry Arnold went missing on January 7, 2012 when she went for a jog.

Prosecutors are disclosing the first details of what they believe happened to a Montana School teacher who was allegedly choked to death and buried, reporting she was the victim of a crack-fueled and seemingly random abduction.

An affidavit filed Friday by Richland County prosecutor Mike Weber is based largely on the alleged confession of Michael Spell, a suspect in the case who told FBI investigators that he felt guilty when he saw “missing” posters for 43-year-old Sherry Arnold after helping bury her body on a farmstead outside of Williston, N.D., about 45 miles from where she was abducted.

22 year old Michael Spell and 47 year old Lester Waters, 47, both suspects in the death of Sherry Arnold,  are scheduled to appear in Montana district court February 28 on charges of aggravated kidnapping. Both Colorado residents are being held on $2.5 million bail each.

According to the affidavit filed by the Richland County prosecutor, crack cocaine was at the root of this random abduction and senseless act of violence.

After smoking crack cocaine during the entire trip, Waters allegedly told Spell that the drug “brought the devil out in him” and began talking about kidnapping and killing a female, the affidavit states.

After they spotted Arnold, Spell alleges that Waters told him to “grab the lady” and pull her into their Ford Explorer as she jogged by.

“Spell said Waters got into the back seat with the female and `choked her out,”‘ the affidavit states. That night, after dropping Arnold’s body in a rural area of North Dakota, the affidavit says Waters bought a shovel at a Walmart in Williston. The pair later buried Arnold in a 2- to 3-feet-deep hole on an old farmstead.

Waters returned the shovel to Walmart three days later, the affidavit says.

To all those who want to legalize drugs, take a good read and think again.

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.

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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.

43 Year Old Sherry Arnold Missing Since January 7, 2012 in Sidney, Montana

43 year old Sherry Arnold has been missing in Sidney, Montana since Saturday morning, January 7, 2012, when she went for a jog. She was last seen at about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday when she was leaving home for her usual early morning jog. She never returned and has not been seen or head from since. Police have reported that they found one of Arnold’s running shoes near a truck route in a roadside ditch that is a part of Sherry Arnold’s normal jogging route.

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Police found a running shoe identified as Sherry Arnold’s near a truck route that is reportedly part of her normal jogging route, but say they have been unable to determine what may have happened to her.

Arnold’s stunned family is praying for her return.

“I’m hoping she’s found. I’m hoping that she’s healthy. I miss her so badly,” Arnold’s husband Gary Arnold told ABCNews.com. “We miss her so badly. This community needs her back.”



  • Arnold has brown eyes and black hair.
  • She is 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a slender build, weighing about 140 pounds.
  • She was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt with white stripes on the sleeves, red nylon pants with black leggings and black gloves.

If you have any information regarding missing Sherry Arnold, please call the Sidney Police Department at 406-433-2210.

UPDATE I: The Search for Missing Teacher Sherry Arnold

A search continues today for a missing teacher in Sidney. Authorities say Sherry Arnold is now listed as a missing person. Law enforcement and hundreds of volunteers are desperately seeking to find any clues as to what may have happened.

More than 300 people from Sidney and neighboring areas are searching for 43-year-old Sherry Arnold.

UPDATE I: The FBI has joined the search for missing Montana mother and teacher Sherry Arnold. They are considering the possibility that Arnold could have been abducted.

The FBI has joined the search for missing Montana mother and teacher Sherry Arnold and investigators are considering the possibility that Arnold could have been abducted and taken across the nearby North Dakota border.

“In cases where an adult may have been taken across state lines against their will, the FBI becomes involved,” Debbie Dujanovic Bertram, the FBI public affairs specialist in Salt Lake City, told ABCNews.com. “We are not saying that happened, but it is one of the angles we are looking into.”

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