Two Parachute Men Face Charges in Montana Jogger’s Death
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Jan 18, 2012 | 1898 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WESTERN SLOPE – Lester Vann Waters, 47, and Michael Keith Spell, 22, of Parachute, face charges in the death of high school math instructor Sherry Arnold, who disappeared after a morning jog in her hometown of Sidney, Mont., more than a week ago.

Her body was found Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The two men were detained after a tip to a hotline set up by authorities regarding Arnold’s disappearance.

Arnold, 43, was last seen setting off for a run on Saturday, Jan. 7, in Sidney, a fast-growing agricultural community in northeastern Montana; her husband, Gary Arnold, reported her missing when she did not return home.

Searchers found one of Arnold’s running shoes, a few days after her disappearance, on the outskirts of Sidney, which has undergone rapid growth amid a regional oil and gas boom.

Bret Smelser, the mayor of Sidney, told Reuters that the crime has shattered the sense of security in the community of 5,000 people, where new homes were being built amid rapid growth brought on by a boom in oil and natural gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing.

"We never think it will happen in a small town. Now it has and we have to deal with it," he told Reuters.
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