Search for Sidney teacher suspended

2012-01-11T12:30:00Z 2012-02-10T01:40:49Z Search for Sidney teacher suspendedThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 11, 2012 12:30 pm  • 

The FBI and local officials say the search for a missing high school teacher has been suspended but that law enforcement will continue to pursue leads in the case.

Sidney Mayor Bret Smelser said Wednesday's decision follows an "exhaustive" search for 43-year-old Sherry Arnold in the Eastern Montana town and surrounding areas. Hundreds of residents, police officers, firefighters and others participated.

The popular high school math teacher was last seen Saturday, when she left her home for a pre-dawn run. Authorities are investigating the possibility she was abducted.

FBI spokeswoman Deborah Bertram said that law enforcement continues to work on the case and personnel will be redirected.

"Today, law enforcement officials determined the prudent course of action is to scale back the ground search for Ms. Arnold," she said. "Public safety personnel and volunteers spent several days searching the area where it's believed she was running when she disappeared."

The search, which began on Jan. 7, involved law enforcement, emergency responders and hundreds of citizens from all over Richland County.

Sidney Police Department officials confirmed over the weekend that searchers found a shoe belonging to Arnold but declined to discuss any other possible evidence.

Bertram said the agency cannot discuss any evidence in the case.

However, she did encourage people to keep coming forward with new information.

"We are thankful for the public's assistance and encourage residents in the area to report any information that may help solve Ms. Arnold's disappearance," she said.

Arnold is 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and has a slender build with dark hair and brown eyes. She also has scarring on her left leg from cancer treatment.

She was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with white stripes, red nylon pants and black leggings.

A tip line was established earlier this week, and anyone with information in the case is asked to call 406-433-4027.

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