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FBI Finds Possible Body Of Teacher

FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of the Salt Lake City Division and Chief of Police Frank DiFonzo of the Sidney, Montana Police Department announce a development in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Sherry Arnold. On March 20, 2012, special agents assigned to the FBI Evidence Response Team began efforts to recover human remains in the vicinity of Williston, North Dakota. During this operation, the FBI received support and assistance from several Montana and North Dakota law enforcement agencies to include the Sidney Police Department, Richland County Sheriff’s Office, Williams County Sheriff’s Office, Williston Police Department, and the North Dakota Highway Patrol. By the early morning hours of March 21, 2012, special agents had recovered the physical remains of a female. While a positive identification has not been made at this time, it is believed the remains are those of Sherry Arnold of Sidney, Montana/FBI, Salt Lake Division, news release. More here.

Cops: Cocaine Rager Killed Teacher

A man who said the crack cocaine he was smoking “brought the devil out in him” was looking for a woman to abduct and kill before he strangled a school teacher who happened to jog near him in Montana, a prosecutor said in a sworn statement. The first public details about how authorities believe that Sherry Arnold, 43, was kidnapped, slain and buried in a shallow grave, emerged in an affidavit filed in state court on Friday by Richland County, Montana, prosecutor Mike Weber. Most of the account, Weber wrote, stemmed from a confession obtained from the younger of two men charged with kidnapping the woman, whom they encountered along a truck route on the outskirts of the northeastern Montana community of Sidney. Arnold, a high school math instructor, vanished after setting out on January 7 for a predawn run, and authorities are still searching for her body/Laura Zuckerman, Reuters. More here. (AP file photo of accused murderer Michael Keith Spell)

Question: Does the randomness of this murder cause you to reconsider where you jog or walk — and whether you do so alone?

AM: Extradition For Kidnap Suspects

Lester Vann Waters Jr., right, one of two suspects charged with aggravated kidnapping in the disappearance of 43-year-old Sherry Arnold of Sidney, Mont., appears at a hearing in the Williams County Courthouse in Williston N.D. earlier today. District Judge David Nelson ordered the extradition of Waters and Michael Keith Spell to Montana for trial. Story below (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage)

3Rs: Running For Sherry Arnold

Jill Barville, of the 3Rs blog, is encouraging people to participate in a virtual memorial run for Sherry Arnold, a kidnapped & probably murdered Montana teacher who never returned from a job earlier this month. The virtual run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday 11. Jill writes: “I’ve thought of Sherry during almost every run in the past three weeks, some of them adrenaline-fueled races against myself as I’ve thought about the many dangers to runners, especially women, no matter how many precautions we take. I’ve imagined the many ways Sherry’s story might have ended differently, have ended later. But we can’t revise real life the way we might a blog post or piece of fiction. We also can’t predict how our own stories will end.” More here.

Question: What precautions do you take when you walk or run by yourself?

Montana Teacher/Jogger Found Dead

The body of a Montana math teacher who went missing last weekend when she left her house for a run has been found, and the FBI said Friday it had one man in custody and was questioning another in connection with her disappearance. Sidney Public School officials posted a statement online saying they learned of Sherry Arnold’s death Friday morning. No further information was available. FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson of Salt Lake City said a tip from the public led to the suspects. The popular 43-year-old math teacher from the oil boom town of Sidney near the North Dakota border had been missing since last Saturday morning/AP. More here.

Note to Self: “The story about the Montana teacher is disturbing. It is unfortunate that a woman cannot go out for a run without the fear of being abducted, raped and murdered. I worry about my wife running alone in the dark and she tells me I am paranoid, but stories like this confim my darkest fears.”

Question (for HBO women): Do you take pecautions when you're hiking/jogging/walking/biking alone?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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