God forbid anyone you love ever goes missing, but if it does happen you want to live in a community like Sidney, Montana, where Sherry Arnold, a local math teacher, lived before she disappeared less than a week ago.
Sidney Montana’s outstanding efforts during the Sherry Arnold search haven’t gone unnoticed by those new to the community, as one reader commented on a Sidney Herald article that
“I was worried about moving to a town I did not know and trying to meet people in a town that is having a huge impact from the oil boom. But after everything I’m seeing from Mrs. Arnold[s] disappearance, I know this is a very friendly and caring town.”
The Richland County woman’s disappearance has sparked an outpouring of community support surprising even the longtime locals, as Sidney’s Assistant Police Chief Bob Burnison said he’d “never seen this before.”
But it isn’t every day that someone disappears in such a mysterious way, requiring the help of an entire community.
Town residents have risen to the challenge, showing up en mass to aid the investigators and literally beating the bushes to find the missing math teacher after she didn’t return from a 6:30 a.m. jog on Sat., Jan. 7
To aid in keeping the troops well fed during their physical exertion, local community businesses have ponied up as well, providing food and drinks to the hungry and thirsty. Local companies that have assisted, according to the Sidney Herald, include:
- B&B Builders
- Baker Boy
- Blue Rock
- Fairview Super Valu
- Farm and Home
- M3 Meats
- Millers’ Corner
- Party Central
- Reese & Ray’s IGA
- Reynold’s Market
- South 40
- Tri-County Implement
- Trinity Lutheran Church (Article continues below)
For those who still wish to contribute in a financial way towards locating Sherry, a fund was set up through the Sidney Public Schools administration office according to the Sidney Herald. Contact information for individuals or businesses wishing to contribute are as follows:
Phone: (406) 433-4080
Address: 200 Third Ave., S.E., Sidney, MT 59270-4326
The FBI took the lead on the missing Montana teacher case this week, and on Wed., Jan. 11 they felt it was time to suspend the Sidney search and focus on the tips coming into the hotline, but stated another search could be undertaken later, if they felt it was warranted.
“Today law enforcement officials determined the prudent course of action is to scale back the ground search for Ms. Arnold,” FBI spokeswoman Deborah Bertram said. The Billings Gazette also reported that investigators are still eager for any information regarding Sherry Arnold’s disappearance and request people call the tip line at (406) 433-4027.
References: Sidney Herald, Billings Gazette