Missing Anaconda woman's boyfriend leaves suicide note; bloodied evidence discovered

2012-12-30T14:09:00Z 2013-03-15T08:34:07Z Missing Anaconda woman's boyfriend leaves suicide note; bloodied evidence discoveredMontana Standard The Billings Gazette
December 30, 2012 2:09 pm  • 

BUTTE -- The boyfriend of a missing Anaconda woman was found dead in Missoula Saturday, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He also left a four-page suicide note.

Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell told The Montana Standard on Sunday that John Goldberg’s 2010 GMC pickup truck was found at a truck stop west of Missoula about 4:20 p.m. Saturday. Goldberg, 38, was dead inside the truck, and authorities said it appears he shot himself.

Meanwhile, the search continued for his girlfriend, Tammy Salle, 41, who has been missing since Sunday, Dec. 23. Authorities found nothing Sunday, but plan to resume the search Monday, Barkell said.

Barkell also said police officers went through a trash receptacle in Anaconda used by Goldberg, and found black garbage bags containing bloodied towels and throw rugs. What appears to be pieces of human tissue also were found on the items, Barkell said. The items, along with Salle’s hairbrush and other personal items with her DNA, will be sent to the state crime lab on Monday, he said.

Salle and Goldberg lived together at 506 Hickory St. in Anaconda. They had an argument Sunday night, Dec. 23, and Salle left in a 2009 Pontiac Grand Prix that was found Friday on a frontage road south of Deer Lodge with a shredded tire, authorities said.

Family alerted authorities on Wednesday that Salle was missing.

When authorities contacted Goldberg on Wednesday to question him, he subsequently disappeared and was not answering his cellphone.

According to the Missoulian, a Missoula County sheriff’s deputy discovered the body of Goldberg in his truck parked in the back lot of the Crossroads Truck Plaza at the Wye, west of Missoula where Highway 93 bisects Interstate 90, around 4:20 p.m. Saturday, confirmed Jason Johnson, Missoula County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson.

A small dog, hungry but alive, was found in the truck with Goldberg and was taken to the Missoula County animal shelter.

It is believed Goldberg had been dead for at least a day.

Dark tinted windows in Goldberg’s truck contributed to the delayed discovery of his body, Johnson said.

Upon investigation of the vehicle, the deputy found Goldberg, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head with a semi-automatic pistol.

A four-page suicide note was also found in the truck. The first page of the note, which was dated Dec. 27 and signed by Goldberg, stated he did not want to be resuscitated if found alive, Johnson said.

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