Arrest Made In Sherry Arnold Case | VideoJennifer Joas | 1/13/2012
Arnold disappeared six days ago when she went for a morning jog. Minimal details were released in Fridayís news conference.
"Dozens and dozens of tips were called into the tip line by residents of the area. Today, as a result of a tip, we are able to announce that a significant breakthrough has occurred," said Frank DiFonzo, Sidney Chief of Police.
DiFonzo says police arrested a man, 47, in Williston and he`s being held in the Williams County Jail. Police in South Dakota are also detaining a man, 22, in Rapid City for questioning. However, the Sidney Police Department did not confirm the press release the Sidney Public School district sent out saying that Sherry Arnold is dead. Residents say they were hoping to learn more from the news conference.
"A little let down. I guess with the investigation they need to do what they need to do. I just thought it was a little vague," said Joy Johnson, resident of Sidney.
The school district dismissed classes early Friday in response to the news. Students say they are having a tough time.
"Broken. Feels kind of sad that someone would do this," said Matthew Litten, a junior at Sidney High School.
"Shocked, really shocked," said Brandon Falkenhatn, a freshman at Sidney High School.
Others say they hope the news brings closure to the Arnold family.
"Very, very sad. Very upsetting. I`m thankful for the community and the family that they did find her. That there can be some closure," said Donna Brown, resident of Sidney.
"I was praying that they would find her alive and okay. So I`m sorry to hear that that happened. I kind of suspected you know, it`s hard to believe that you could survive out in the cold," said Nancy Rainforth.
Police are not confirming Arnold`s death, nor are they releasing the names of the suspects.
"I`m sorry we can`t provide you with any more at this time. But you need to understand that this is a work in progress and that we need to do this in a manner that will bring a conclusion to this matter," said DiFonzo.