Posted: Mar 2, 2013 9:22 PM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
Updated: Mar 2, 2013 9:26 PM
UPDATE: Around 4 p.m. Saturday, officials responded to a report of a woman's body floating in the river.
Anaconda police chief Tim Barkell confirms that the tattoos discovered on the female body, pulled from the water, match the tattoos of 41 year old Tammy Salle.
Barkell says the woman's body was beginning to decompose but from what he could tell the hair color was also similar.
Barkel says he is fairly confident that the body is that of Tammy Salle.
"You know, I hate to see anybody in that state but it will be a relief to the family and uh, I think we all know that she'd passed and so for family's sake and our sake we're just glad that that part of it's over," Chief Barkel said.
The body is currently at the Anaconda County Coroner and will be transported to the Missoula Crime Lab for DNA testing.
Salle was last seen Sunday, Dec. 23rd. Shortly after, Salle's car was found abandoned on the frontage road near the I-90-Racetrack interchange. That location is near the river and upstream of where Salle's body was found today.
Authorities were looking for Salle's boyfriend, 38 year old John Goldberg for questioning.
His body was found December 31st in his pickup at a Missoula truck stop.
Law officers said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Anaconda law enforcement spent weeks searching the area around the community, including extensive work at the Butte Silver-Bow Landfill at Rocker.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.