Sunday, January 8, 2012

Missing

I am sick over this.. Sherry - a friend, family member, wife, mother and teacher -went out for a run early yesterday morning in the small town of Sidney, Montana and never came home. I have known Sherry since we were ten years old. She is the niece of my Uncle Gary and Aunt Lizzy.

Our family went to visit Sherry at her family’s ranch in Montana three years ago. Sherry is a high school math teacher and mother to two children. She is beloved in her small, tight knit community.

In our later years, Sherry and I bonded about running and while we did not see each other often, she is one of those people who exudes kindness, generosity and genuineness.

Her shoe was found yesterday (more info HERE).

Hundreds of people are searching for her. The National Guard has been called in.

Please say a prayer and/or send a good thought to Sherry and her family. Please pray/wish that she is okay and that she is not suffering. Please pray/wish for her safe return.

Certainly if you have any info or tips, contact authorities at 406-433-2210.

Be careful out there,

SUAR

117 comments:

  1. I am praying for her, family and friends during this time.

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  2. I will be praying for her. So sorry.

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  3. I will be faithful and pray for her, her family and yours. This reminds me why my husband is so adamant about me not running alone outside. Please keep us posted.

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  4. I will keep her in my prayers and intentions too...

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  5. This is incredibly scary. My prayers are with her, you, and the entire network of family/friends.

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  6. This is so sad and scary too! Praying for her safe return! All the more reason to be careful out there when running alone!

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  7. How awful. So many prayers for your friend and your community.

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  8. That is just a God-awful story. I will say a prayer for her, her family and friends.

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  9. I'm so sorry. I will keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers.

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  10. I'm so sorry! I'll be praying for her, her family, and friends.

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  11. This made me cry. I am so sorry Beth and I will be praying for her.

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  12. This is horrible. My thoughts and prayers are definitely with her.

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  13. Oh my - this is sad. And something I fear every time I go out for a run. I am praying for the best for her, her family, and you. Peace at this difficult time. Jill

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  14. I am from Billings, MT. I live in Denver now. I have a few friends in Sidney. My former National Guard husband and I would gladly join the search if we could be there but because we cannot I will keep her in my prayers and I will ask my MT family to include her also.

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  15. Oh, I hate to hear this. Praying.

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  16. Your family and Sherry are in my continued thoughts and prayers. This is so terribly sad and scary.I hope that she is ok.

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  17. Beth, I am so sad to hear this. My heart aches thinking about what her loved ones are going through. Praying for her and her family. Hugs to you, my friend.

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  18. This is a nightmare. I pray they find her safe.

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  19. How terrible. Praying for her safe return!

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  20. Prayers up for a safe return. May the Lord watch over the entire family.

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  21. Hearing stories like this is heartbreaking. So many people run as a way to unwind, clear their heads or just find some 'me' time. You would think this to be a good thing in our society, a way to recharge our mind and bodies, but so many runnners fall victim to accidents by careless drivers and even preyed apon by violent predators simply because they were out there. As a large guy I often don't think about the risk, buty I think all of us, men, women and children should be able to feel safe enough to go out and run with friends or even alone. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family, hoping she safely finds her way back home.

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  22. Aww, this is so scary. I worry about this whenever I go out for a run that something might happen to me. I pray she returns home safely.

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  23. This just made my stomach drop. I'm so so sorry. Praying for her SAFE return.

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  24. Oh my goodness how awful! Praying for your family.

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  25. How terrible! I sincerely hope everything works out for the best and your friend is OK.

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  26. Beth, I am so sorry and sad to read this. Made me cry. She will be in our prayers for sure. I hope she is OK and that she will be found.

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  27. This stopped me in my tracks today. Prayers that she is found.

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  28. Wow Beth ... very sorry to hear this. Prayers and positive thoughts being sent from NC.

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  29. I'm so sad to hear this and hope that everything ends up ok. So so so scary :(.

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  30. Positive thoughts to you, her,family and everyone looking...

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  31. My worst fear while out running solo. I have chills over this. Prayers are being said for Sherry's safe return.

    This story enforces my commitment in completing the requirements and becoming a member in our local K9 Search and Rescue team. I am training my 8 month old Golden Retriever to be my other half in this. I am even more committed now!

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  32. oh no! I hope they find her. I can't imagine how tough this must be for you and her friends and family. my thoughts are with you.

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  33. Prayers on the way. I hope she is found, safe and sound. Too scary.

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  34. I am so sick about this. We like to think things like this don't happen in Montana. but they do. Praying for her and her family. One my the girls I run with a lot in Billings used to live next to her in Sidney. So scary.

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  35. That is so scary and makes me sick to my stomach.
    I hope they find her soon.
    Sending prayer to you and her family.

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  36. How terrifying for everyone. I am so sorry and I hope they find her soon.

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  37. Wow so very sad I am thinking of you at this time and pray for the safe return if your friend

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  38. Prayers for your friend. Thinking of you Beth.

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  39. that's horrible. praying for her safe return

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  40. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Please God comfort this family and bring Sherry home safely.

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  41. Whoa, this is terrible. I'm praying for her and those who love her.

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  42. Please Lord bring Sherry home safely. What a horrible thing and a reminder for all of us to try to take safety precautions when we run & bike.

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  43. This is so frightening and so very sad. Keeping Sherry and all who know and love her in my prayers.

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  44. I'll definitely keep Sherry in my thoughts...and I most sincerely hope that all turns out well.

    (((hugs))) to all who know and love her.

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  45. Beth, I am keeping Sherry in my thoughts. My old colleague and high school friend (from Boston) actually teaches at Sidney HS. I don't know Sherry and am sick over this nes, so I can only imagine how you must be feeling.

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  46. Prayers for her safe return and for her family.

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  47. Praying for her safe return.....posted on my FB page in DE...hopefully with Nation wide coverage Sherry will come home safely! dyingling

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  48. I'm so sorry and keeping her in my thoughts. Very, very scary. Stay safe. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

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  49. How awful and scary. I am praying for her safe return.

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  50. OH I'm so sorry, I am praying for her and her family. I hope they find her.

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  51. I am so sorry to hear this. Many prayers are being sent your way.

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  52. That has got to be the SCARIEST thing EVER!

    So sorry for your sadness right now and for her family and friends. Praying for the best outcome!!

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  53. This is so tragic...I hope that they will find her alive and that her recovery from this incident will be quick.

    Our prayers are with her and the family.

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  54. I am so sorry. Praying for all.

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  55. I am sick to my stomach hearing this, years.... This is something I do think of when I am running in a rual area.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family.

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  56. Oh Lord this is awful! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. With all my heart I pray for a Sherry's safe return.
    Sending love from Australia to you all xxoo

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  57. Praying that Sherry is found, safe! praying praying praying!

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  58. Keeping Sherry, her friends/family and everyone in the community in my thoughts and prayers.

    This is my mothers worst fear when going off to run by myself. Please keep up posted.

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  59. I'm so very sorry. Wishing with all my heart her safe return!!

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  60. I am so very sorry, Beth. That is so so scary. Praying for sherry's safe return.

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  61. Oh Beth, how awful! Please know that there will be a running momma in NW Washington praying fervently for her safe return, for guideance for the searchers, and for comfort for her whole family.

    Please keep us updated.

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  62. oh my I just got a chill. I am so so sorry. Praying for a safe return for her.

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  63. There is power in prayer and so many will now be praying for her. I passed this along to my prayer group, as well. Keep us updated.

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  64. Oh Beth! I don't have any words to tell you how sad this makes me. I'm so very sorry for you and your family and I'm going to sending many good thoughts their way in hopes that she is found soon and all is resolved happily.

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  65. I'm so sorry to hear about this. I will be praying for her. *hugs*

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  66. Praying that God will direct the search team and find her safe. Lord we pray that she is not suffering. Please Lord we pray for answers to this and that things don't go un-noticed in the search. WE pray for her family and friends during this time as well.

    This is heartbraking! I will continue to pray!

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  67. I'm so sorry about your friend, Beth. I am praying for her family and for her safe return. I can't stop thinking about her. You have someone else praying in OK for her. Please let us know what is happening. I am praying for you also.

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  68. prayers......please keep us posted.....

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  69. I'm so very sorry. I'm praying for her and her family right now.
    Please keep us posted. I'm so sorry- I know this is such a hard time for you too.

    Sending hugs and prayers from Michigan
    Kelly

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  70. OMG, this is horrible. I wish for the best and keep her and her family in my thoughts!

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  71. this is horrible, horrible, horrible. keeping her in my thoughts.

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  72. Your story brought tears to my eyes, I will pray.

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  73. Prayers and thoughts from our family. Your community has had enough.

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  74. so very sorry to hear this, it made me feel so sick to read.
    I sincerly hope we awake tomorrow to hear of her safe return to her family and friends

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  75. Sherry and her family (including you) are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  76. We will pray for her and her family. Hope they find her.

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  77. Praying for Sherry's safe return.

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  78. Praying for Sherry's safe return.

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  79. Praying for her Beth! I'll be praying for her family and your family. This is so so scary. Sending hugs your way!

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  80. so sorry to hear it Beth, praying for her and her family / friends.

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  81. I am so sorry!! I am definitely going to be praying for a safe return and for her family and loved ones who are missing her so badly right now!! *hugs*

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  82. So sorry to hear this Beth. This is just scary. My prayers for her safe return. Hugs for you and the family.

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  83. I'm so sorry to read this. I've posted the link to my tri group and on my fb.

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  84. I'm very sorry to hear this. I hope she is OK.

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  85. Sending prayers for her, and all those affected by this (family, friends, volunteers, etc). I am so sorry...

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  86. I just saw on FB that Sherry is my neighbor's cousin. Will definitely be praying for her safe return.

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  87. News like this makes me sick to the stomach. My thoughts and prayers are with her, her family and her loved ones!

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  88. My heart is aching Beth.. truly. I put up the info on my blog. I only have 100 or so followers but all the prayers help!

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  89. Thinking of you and her family during this time. Praying for her safety!

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  90. I'm so sorry Beth! My prayers are with you all!

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  91. Just terrible, really hope it turns out okay.

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  92. Truly horrifying story, and sending all the strength I can for a safe return and peace to all involved. Please keep us updated. Praying as I write...

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  93. I was so sorry to see this yesterday. How terrible. :( I hope she comes home safely!!!

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  94. A reminder of how we take our safety for granted as we run.
    I will be lifting her up in prayer. Please keep us posted.

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  95. I am so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you and her family/friends. So scary!

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  96. praying for her, her family and you as well!

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  97. Praying that she comes home safe.....so scary and terrible for her family.

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  98. Thinking of you... Sending good thoughts...

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  99. My thoughts are with her, her family, you and yours. What a terrible worry. I hope she is found safe and sound.

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  100. I am so sorry to hear this and will be praying for all of you and her safe return!

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  101. Will do. Was just talking to my husband this morning about running and being safe. There was a truck that I could swear was fallowing me yesterday on my run. So today I ordered mace for each hand when Im running. My whole family will be in prayer for your friend.

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  102. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family. A special prayer for her and her safe return.

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  103. will be praying for her. God i hope they find her.

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  104. I just saw this on MSN… thoughts with you and her family! Hope she is found soon.

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  105. This is so awful and super scary. I pray she is found and okay. Women who run alone have been on my mind and a current topic on my blog this past week. Please everyone run safely!

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  106. My prayers are with her, her family and you. Please be careful, everyone!

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  107. I am so sorry for your heartache right now. Prayers for your friend and both of your families. Thank you for the reminder about our own safety. I often run in the dark and in rural areas too, with a big dog for company, but still I will pay better attention to things.

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  108. As I start to read your blog I am floored by what has
    happened to your friend , My prayers go to Sherry and
    all her family and friends. You are a very special friend.

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  109. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family! This is a major wake up call to runners out there... you can never be too careful. I don't doubt she will come home safely!!

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  110. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your friends ... so sorry ...

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  111. Heather @ Dietitian on the RunJanuary 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Shocked & sick to read something like this - I am so sorry for her immediate & extended family, and my thoughts are with all of you.

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