ANACONDA — Volunteers in Anaconda continued their determined search Monday for a 41-year-old woman missing since last month, with nothing new to report.
Search parties will not give up until Tammy Salle is returned home to her family, according to Dona Simmons, who helped put together a Facebook profile to organize the effort.
A family member first reported Salle missing on Dec. 26. Police questioned her boyfriend, John Goldberg, who told officers they had an argument on Dec. 23 before she left in a 2009 Pontiac Grand Prix. The car was later found on a frontage road south of Deer Lodge with a shredded tire.
Goldberg, 38, was found dead on Dec. 29 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his pickup at a truck stop west of Missoula. He left a suicide note, but it gave no indication of Salle’s whereabouts, according to the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.
Simmons and Laurie Curry put together the Facebook page, “Help Find Tammy Salle,” to double- and triple-check the areas already searched by local authorities. Volunteers have gone out every day, Simmons said Monday, and their Web page keeps a running tally of everywhere they look.
“We just continue to ask everyone to remain safe, not go out alone, dress appropriately and bring plenty of water,” Simmons said.
Meanwhile, Anaconda police will follow up on any new leads in the case, Chief Tim Barkell said. They have already searched everywhere they can think of, including Lost Creek, Garrity Mountain, Georgetown Lake, the Skalkaho and Rock Creek areas near Philipsburg and all the way to Drummond.
“At this point, we’re just hoping someone will come forward with something,” Barkell said.
Police previously found black garbage bags containing bloodied towels and throw rugs in a trash receptacle used by Goldberg. The state Department of Criminal Investigation has also aided police on with trained search dogs, which detected possible traces of blood in the bed of Goldberg’s truck on Friday.
All evidence was sent to the state crime lab for analysis, though results could take months.
The volunteer have police permission to conduct their ongoing searches, with strict guidelines to protect any potential crime scene. Those interested in lending their time can contact Simmons or Curry through the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HelpFindTammySalle.
Anyone with information is asked to call police immediately at 563-5241.