Blood samples from bed of boyfriend’s pickup sent to state crime lab

2013-01-05T00:00:00Z 2013-12-27T16:13:13Z Blood samples from bed of boyfriend’s pickup sent to state crime lab Montana Standard
January 05, 2013 12:00 am

Blood found in the bed of a pickup truck owned by the boyfriend of a missing Anaconda woman is being examined by the Montana Crime Lab.

Search dogs detected the blood Friday, and samples were sent to the lab in Missoula for analysis, according to Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell.

Police and volunteers continue to search for Tammy Salle, 41, who has been missing since Dec. 23. Her boyfriend, John Goldberg, 38, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Dec. 29 in his pickup parked at a truck stop west of Missoula.

Barkell said the Department of Criminal Investigations used dogs Friday to search wooded areas near Skalkaho and Rock Creek in the Philipsburg area. The dogs didn’t turn up new evidence in those areas, but did detect blood in the bed of Goldberg’s truck.

Police have searched locations in and around Anaconda for a week. Barkell said police are eager to follow any new leads.

“We’ve covered everywhere we can think of,” Barkell told The Montana Standard on Friday.

Volunteers also are helping. Dona Simmons helped organize two searches earlier this week that involved 20 to 30 people. Their efforts west of Anaconda turned up no new evidence.

Cold temperatures prohibited organized volunteer searches for the weekend. However, people plan to search on their own, Simmons said.

A family member reported Salle missing on Dec. 26. Salle’s boyfriend told police he and Salle had an argument on Dec. 23, and she left in his car and he hadn’t seen her since. Police lost contact with Goldberg after speaking with him, and he was later found dead from suicide.

Investigators also found black plastic trash bags in a receptacle that Goldberg used containing bloodied towels throw rugs. The receptacle was located in Anaconda, but not at his home. Police did not elaborate. Those items and personal items with Sallee’s DNA, along with Goldberg’s body, are at the crime lab in Missoula.

An account has been set up at the Southwest Montana Community Federal Credit Union to help Salle’s family.

— Montana Standard staff

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