ANACONDA — The blood of a missing 41-year-old Anaconda woman has been identified on a towel found by police as part of their month-long investigation.
Chief Tim Barkell said said on Monday the towel tested positive for Tammy Salle’s blood, according to results from the state crime lab. Other evidence, including strands of hair and bloodied throw rugs, remains under forensic analysis.
Family first reported Salle missing on Dec. 26. Officers questioned her boyfriend, John Goldberg, who said they had a fight three days earlier when she left in a 2009 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was later found on a frontage road south of Deer Lodge with a shredded tire.
Authorities found Goldberg, 38, dead Dec. 29 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his pickup at a truck stop west of Missoula. His suicide note gave no indication of Salle’s whereabouts.
Meanwhile, Anaconda police found black garbage bags containing the towels and throw rugs in trash containers used by Goldberg. State investigators also detected possible traces of blood in the back of Goldberg’s truck.
The search for Salle is ongoing. Butte police will assist Tuesday in checking areas around the city, Barkell said.
Volunteer parties will also continue their daily searches for Salle, according to Dona Simmons, who helped put together the “Help Find Tammy Salle” Facebook page.
Salle’s family remains determined to bring her home, Simmons told The Standard.
“Her soul is at peace. We do know that,” she told said. “But there are still a lot of unanswered questions for the family.”
More than 200 people met with Salle’s family for a special celebration of life ceremony over the weekend in Anaconda, with people coming in and out of the potluck dinner all day.
“It was very nice. It was sad, but happy at the same time,” Simmons said.
Simmons is reminding search parties to be safe and check in on the website as they double- and triple-check areas already searched by police, and to call 911 if they find anything.
Simmons emphasized that the family appreciates everything the police are doing to follow up on the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 563-5242.