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Jan 16, 2012 9:40 AM by Q2 Staff

Authorities identify two men held in connection with death of Sidney schoolteacher

SIDNEY - Authorities have identified the two men being held in a North Dakota jail in connection with the death of schoolteacher Sherry Arnold. Sidney Police Chief Frank DiFonzo identifies the men as Lester Van Waters Jr., 47, and Michael Keith Spell, 22, both of Parachute, Colorado.

The men have been arraigned in Williams County, North Dakota on charges of aggravated kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of Sherry Arnold. On Friday, Police Chief DiFonzo says authorities received tips that led them to the two men. On Friday, the family of Sherry Arnold also notified the Sidney School District, where Sherry taught, that she was dead.

Chief DiFonzo does not know if Waters or Spell were passing through the town of Sidney or working in the nearby oil fields of North Dakota when the crime occurred. Authorities have a truck in their custody at this time.

As far as the investigation, DiFonzo says law enforcement are searching for Sherry in the Williston area. DiFonzo says they would like to "hold out hope that Sherry might be alive, but it appears that may not be case because it's been over a week now."

Last Saturday, Sherry went for a jog along Ninth Ave., known as the Truck Route, early in the morning and was never seen again. All officials were able to find was a running shoe that was left behind.

Stay with Q2 for more on this developing story.

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