BUTTE — Volunteers for the past two days searched for an Anaconda woman who has been missing for more than a week.
Dona Simmons, who co-founded a Facebook profile called “Help Find Tammy Salle,” said about 20 to 30 volunteers searched Tuesday and Wednesday in areas west of Anaconda and in the Racetrack area. The searchers didn’t turn up any new evidence in the 41-year-old woman’s whereabouts, but they are determined to keep looking.
“We’re very hopeful and we’re not going to give up until we bring her home,” Simmons said Wednesday afternoon.
A family member reported Salle missing to Anaconda police on Dec. 26. Salle’s boyfriend, John A. Goldberg, 38, told police he and Salle had an argument on Dec. 23, and she left in his car and he hadn’t seen her since. Goldberg was found dead Saturday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his pickup at a truck stop west of Missoula.
Anaconda police have also found black plastic bags in a receptacle that Goldberg used containing bloodied towels and throw rugs. The receptacle was located in Anaconda, but not at his home. Police did not elaborate. Those items and personal items with Sallee’s DNA, along with Goldberg’s body, are at the crime lab in Missoula.
Simmons said Anaconda police have given volunteers permission to conduct searches. Volunteers were asked to report finding any discarded black plastic trash bags or a gold-colored shower curtain, she said.
Police gave searchers specific guidelines, Simmons said. For example, they cannot touch any items and to back away from the area by walking in their same tracks. She said this is so they don’t disturb anything in a potential crime scene.
The volunteers, at the department’s request, searched areas just off the road and didn’t go deep into the woods.
So far, volunteers have searched areas around Georgetown Lake, Springhill, Flint Creek, Moose Lake and the Copper Creek Campground. Searchers also conducted searches at Garrity Mountain near Anaconda and the Racetrack area, south of Deer Lodge, on Wednesday, according to Simmons.
Simmons said Salle’s sisters, her mother and two adult daughters have also helped look for the missing woman.
“We’re asking people to be respectful of the family, because they are having a very hard time right now,” Simmons said.