No hint in suicide note of girlfriend's fate

2012-12-31T18:56:00Z 2013-03-15T08:34:07Z No hint in suicide note of girlfriend's fateBy JOHN GRANT EMEIGH Montana Standard The Billings Gazette
December 31, 2012 6:56 pm  • 

BUTTE — Nothing in John Goldberg’s suicide letter indicated the whereabouts of missing Anaconda woman Tammy Salle, 43, authorities said Monday.

Law enforcement found Salle’s boyfriend, Goldberg, 38, dead Saturday from a self-inflected gunshot wound. He was in his pickup parked at a truck stop west of Missoula.

Jason Johnson, Missoula County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said Monday that Goldberg’s letter mentions Salle, but says nothing about her fate. Goldberg also wrote in the letter that he didn’t know why Anaconda police detectives wanted to speak with him, Johnson said.

Investigators had talked to Goldberg Wednesday, and then called several times to bring him in for questioning in Salle’s disappearance, but he stopped answering his cell phone, police said.

Goldberg’s body has been sent to the Montana Crime Lab in Missoula, and examiners will try to find DNA evidence that could link him to Salle’s disappearance, Johnson said.

Also, Anaconda police found in a trash receptacle in Anaconda large black plastic bags that contained bloodied towels and throw rugs, and signs of human tissue.

The trash receptacle wasn’t located at Goldberg’s residence, according to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell, but he said police had information that Goldberg used a trash bin in a different location. That evidence, along with a hair brush and other of Salle’s personal items to extract DNA, also has been sent to the crime lab.

Investigators searched dozens of locations in the Anaconda area Monday, but did not find Salle, who was last seen Dec. 23.

Salle’s daughter reported her mother missing Wednesday, Dec. 26. Investigators contacted Goldberg that day at the home the couple shared at 506 Hickory St. Goldberg told police he had an argument with Salle on Dec. 23. He said she left in his 2009 Pontiac Grand Prix and he hadn’t heard from her since.

That car was found Friday on a frontage road in the Racetrack area south of Deer Lodge with a shredded flat tire.

Barkell said police searched about 30 to 40 areas Sunday and Monday for Salle. He said these locations were mainly in the mountains around Anaconda where Goldberg routinely hunted or camped.

“We’re going to keep searching as long as we can until we find something,” Barkell said.

Police are seeking information from the public. Call Anaconda police at (406) 563-5241.

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