Posted: Jan 9, 2012 10:09 AM by Amanda Venegas - KTVQ
Updated: Jan 9, 2012 10:09 AM
The Department of Justice has issued a missing persons alert for Sidney resident Sherry Arnold.
This weekend, hundreds of people combed Sidney for a trace of Arnold, but came up empty handed.
Saturday morning, Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold went for a jog and never returned home.
That same day, law enforcement found a piece of evidence on the northeastern side of Sidney, along Ninth Avenue or what is commonly known as the Truck Route.
"That shoe is the last thing we have found that is her possession" says Sidney Police Assistant Chief Bob Burnison.
Arnold is described as 5-foot, 10-inches tall, 140-pounds with black hair. She was last seen wearing a blue sweatshirt with a white stripe, red nylon pants with black leggings.
Within hours of her disappearance, friends, family and law enforcement became more concerned about the well-known teacher and coach.
"Everything's accounted for, her personal things, her vehicle is accounted for. We just feel that there's something drastic, either happened to her or something to that effect, why she wouldn't have made contact back" says Burnison.
As law enforcement searched for Arnold by ground and air and with canine units from several agencies,the tight knit community of Sidney moved into action combing the town.
Nearly one thousand volunteers turned up at Sidney High School on Sunday to help find Sherry Arnold and 500 people were then bussed out in groups all over the town to search.
Today, a smaller search team will comb a larger area, all hoping to find clues.
"Not so much into the city, but into the county. That's where our searching will be" says Bunison.
Authorities say time is of the essence in this investigation.
"We're going to keep going until we can get some answers here. We just want to find her you know. Our hope is she's okay" says Burnison.