Posted: Mar 22, 2012 11:18 AM by Montana's News Station
Updated: Mar 23, 2012 12:32 PM
Human remains found near Williston, North Dakota have been positively identified as those of missing Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold.
The Medical Examiner's Office at the Montana State Crime Lab identified the remains after they were found east of Williston on Tuesday, more than two months after Arnold went missing, according to the FBI. On Wednesday morning, the remains were flown to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Montana where they were examined and positively identified.
The FBI says that, at this time, no further information regarding the ongoing investigation can be released, but additional updates will be provided when deemed appropriate.
We will bring you more details as we received them.
At around 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 7, Arnold, 43, went for a jog in Sidney and never returned home.
Two Colorado men are being held in connection with her disappearance. Lester Waters Jr., 47, and Michael Spell, 22, are behind bars in the Richland County Jail awaiting trial.
In court documents, Spell confessed the men were high on crack when they came through Sidney on their way to the oil fields of North Dakota. Spell says Waters wanted to kidnap and kill a female. The two spotted Sherry jogging along Ninth Ave., commonly known as the Truck Route, and Spell grabbed her and pulled her into their vehicle, according to court documents. Spell told authorities Waters got in the back seat and "choked her out."
According to the report, Spell says Waters told him he would kill Spell and his family if Spell ever told anyone what happened.
The two then drove across state lines to Williston, North Dakota. Spell told authorities that they threw Arnold's clothing in a Dumpster at Lonnie's Truck Stop across the street from Walmart in Williston.
Spell said he and Waters drove to a rural area outside of Williston and dropped off Arnold's body. The two then reportedly returned to Williston and purchased a shovel at Walmart. The two returned to the body, and Spell said Waters made him dig a hole two or three feet deep, and then they placed the her body in the hole. Spell said the grave site was at the end of a shelter belt on an old farmstead in a rural, isolated area outside of Williston.