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Montana teacher kidnapping complaint filed

Court documents say Montana kidnapping suspect's girlfriend tipped authorities to crime By The Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) ' An affidavit filed in the kidnapping of a Montana school teacher says she was choked to death and authorities believe she is buried on a North Dakota farmstead.

Forty-seven-year-old Lester Waters and 22-year-old Michael Spell are scheduled to appear in Montana district court Feb. 28 on charges of aggravated kidnapping. They are being held on $2.5 million bail each.

Sherry Arnold was last seen leaving home for a run at about 6:30 a.m. on Jan. 7. She is presumed dead although her body has not been found.

Few details in the case had been revealed prior Friday.

Property owners in rural eastern Montana and western North Dakota have been asked to look for signs of a makeshift gravesite.

Williams County, N.D. Sheriff Scott Busching says multiple sites have been checked but none have panned out.

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