The body of a man who killed himself with a semi-automatic pistol was found west of Missoula Saturday night and is the boyfriend of a missing Anaconda woman.
A Missoula County sheriff’s deputy discovered the body of John Goldberg, 38, in a 2010 GMC pickup truck parked in the back lot of the Crossroads Truck Plaza at the Wye around 4:20 p.m. Saturday, confirmed Jason Johnson, Missoula County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson.
A small dog, hungry but alive, was found in the truck with Goldberg and was taken to the Missoula County animal shelter.
It is believed Goldberg had been dead for at least a day.
Dark tinted windows in Goldberg’s truck contributed to the delayed discovery of his body, Johnson said.
Upon investigation of the vehicle, the deputy found Goldberg, with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.
A four-page suicide note was also found in the truck. The first page of the note, which was dated Dec. 27 and signed by Goldberg, stated he did not want to be resuscitated if found alive, Johnson said.
As the case is ongoing and out of district, Johnson could not make further comment about what has transpired since the discovery of Goldberg’s body and suicide note.
Goldberg was the boyfriend of 41-year-old Tammy Salle, an Anaconda woman who has been missing since Sunday, Dec. 23.
Salle and Goldberg lived together at 506 Hickory St. in Anaconda. On Dec. 23, the night of their argument, Anaconda police said Salle left the house in a 2009 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was found Friday on a frontage road south of Deer Lodge with a shredded tire, according to the Montana Standard.
Tim Barkell with the Anaconda Police Department, said officers went through a trash receptacle used by Goldberg, and found black garbage bags containing bloodied towels and throw rugs. What appeared to be pieces of human tissue also were found on the items, Barkell said.
The items, along with Salle’s hairbrush and other personal items with her DNA, were sent to the state crime lab in Missoula.
Family alerted authorities on Wednesday that Salle was missing. When authorities contacted Goldberg to question him, he subsequently disappeared and was not answering his cell phone.
Barkell said authorities resumed their search for Salle Sunday in the Anaconda area. They were focusing on areas where Goldberg liked to camp and be outdoors.
Salle is white, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 140 to 150 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.