this is NOT how to work with law enforcement if there were a live suspect this could have caused disaster in court
Authorities defend search - Cadaver dog handler critical of local efforts to find missing Anaconda woman
2013-02-26T01:15:00Z Authorities defend search - Cadaver dog handler critical of local efforts to find missing Anaconda womanBy John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard Montana Standard
February 26, 2013 1:15 am • By John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard
Authorities who searched for the remains of a missing Anaconda woman at the Butte landfill say a highly critical report filed by a private investigator misrepresented their investigation.
John Strandell of the Montana Department of Justice told The Montana Standard Monday the report filed by Wendy Kessinger that criticized the search team’s investigation is inaccurate.
Kessinger, of New Mexico, brought her two cadaver dogs to Butte earlier this month to search the landfill for the remains of 41-year-old Tammy Salle, who has been missing since December.
Kessinger, who participated in the search at the request of the missing woman’s family, released a report Friday that criticized searchers. Kessinger told The Montana Standard that she believed Anaconda police and Justice Department officials weren’t cooperative with her and botched potential evidence at the scene.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Kessinger said.
The dog handler said her dogs gave solid “alerts” during the search, which means they detected human remains. However, she claims investigators didn’t make an effort to dig up the evidence and they even damaged possible evidence by rolling over it with earthmovers.
“I told them, ‘you just really (expletive) this up,’” Kessinger said.
Kessinger said she found “flesh” and a bloody stick at the scene, and that investigators dismissed these findings by not inspecting them further.
Strandell said Monday that Kessinger’s claims are inaccurate and unfair. He said investigators checked all the spots the dogs alerted and they ran tests on all the items and tissues they found at the site. None of the tissue items was human. Searchers included agents with the justice department, Anaconda and Butte police and troopers from the Montana Highway Patrol.
“We feel the search was thorough and we’re confident she (Salle) is not there,” Strandell said.
Strandell said his office will continue to follow leads and search other areas for the missing woman. He added that he is confident Salle’s body will be found.
Salle’s older sister, Christina Hagen, told the Standard last week that she is frustrated by Kessinger’s report. She said she isn’t confident with the Anaconda Police Department’s investigation.
Hagen, who lives in Bonnie Lake, Wash., said she is grateful for Kessinger’s efforts. Salle’s family paid for Kessinger’s flight to Montana, but Kessinger did the search without charging the family.
“I think she’s incredible,” Hagen said about Kessinger.
Strandell said his office has been in contact with the family since Kessinger’s report was released. He assured them that his office and police are making every effort to find Salle.
Strandell added that it is unfortunate that Kessinger released such a disparaging report.
“It caused undo distress and duress to the family,” he said.
Anaconda police and other authorities spent about two weeks searching the landfill in early February, but found no clues. They went through about 400 tons of garbage. Authorities focused the search where Anaconda trash is dumped after an Anaconda sanitation worker reported dumping an unusually heavy trash bin.
After family first reported Salle missing on Dec. 26, officers questioned her boyfriend, who told police they had a fight three days earlier. He told police she left in a 2009 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was later found on a frontage road south of Deer Lodge with a shredded tire.
Authorities found Goldberg, 38, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his pickup at a truck stop west of Missoula on Dec. 29. His suicide note gave no indication of Salle’s whereabouts.
see below link where body was found in a river........
Body believed to be Tammy Salle's found in Clark Fork River