A Madison County man was arrested on suspicion of killing his 37-year-old girlfriend, who has been missing since late July.
On Aug. 3, the Madison County Sheriff's Office commenced a missing person investigation into the disappearance of Michelle Marie Sorrows of Ennis, a news release from Undersheriff Phil Fortner stated.
On Nov. 30, Stanley Gordon Bernardini of Ennis was arrested in connection with the investigation. The Montana Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting Madison County, Fortner's release stated.
According to court documents, an anonymous source told a Division of Criminal Investigation official that Bernardini murdered Sorrows and buried her body “in a remote area” on a Madison County ranch.
The court documents were filed by the Madison County attorney’s office on Dec. 3. They detailed information provided by the anonymous source, including conversations between them and Bernardini.
In one conversation, Bernardini allegedly told the source about a physical confrontation with Sorrows leading to her death.
Court documents also said efforts by law enforcement to find Sorrows’ alleged grave site were unsuccessful, and Bernardini denied having anything to do with her disappearance and death.
Bernardini was charged with tampering or fabricating physical evidence, a felony. He was also charged with criminal possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia, two misdemeanors. As of Dec. 4, his bail is set at $100,000.
Fortner's release said the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about Sorrows' disappearance, please call the Madison County Sheriff's Office at 406-843-5301.
Madison County officials could not be immediately reached for comment. This story will be updated as soon as more information becomes available.