Boyfriend of missing Anaconda woman found dead outside Missoula

2012-12-31T06:45:00Z 2013-03-02T20:59:06Z Boyfriend of missing Anaconda woman found dead outside MissoulaBy BETSY COHEN of the Missoulian missoulian.com
December 31, 2012 6:45 am  • 

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.

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  1. AmericanMutt
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    AmericanMutt - December 31, 2012 1:02 pm
    What a sexist thing to say. Women can be creepy control freaks as well.
  2. Aberdeen
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    Aberdeen - December 31, 2012 12:28 pm
    So what exactly did you do while in the womb to insure that you would be "born here"? Seems like your mother & father desrerve any credit, you just popped out and found yourself in Montana.
    Some of us were born other places, looked around at many States and even some other countries, then decided that Montana met our lifestyle choices and desires.
  3. montanamuralist
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    montanamuralist - December 31, 2012 9:27 am
    I agree with Alan...hopefully the suicide note tells where to find the victim. My heart goes out to the family. Very sad and again shows the creepy side of guys who are control freaks...with guns bats or knives..they are still miserable excuses for men if they can't take no for an answer and move on..
  4. walter12
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    walter12 - December 31, 2012 6:32 am
    You people need to wise up. This is a very sad case but it is a murder/suicide case and is as old as the hills. This type of thing as been going on since the ancient Babylonians. Oh, I forgot, people today do not know any history. By the way, the semi auto pistol has nothing to do with this incident. Over half of Montana's population owns a semi auto pistol nowadays. Muder/suicides can be done with knife, bat, pills, hands, rope, and on and on.
  5. COMMON SENSE
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    COMMON SENSE - December 30, 2012 10:30 pm
    Our whole country is overly sensitized when it comes to guns right now. If the Missoulian had used the phrase "unspecified firearm" it would have made no difference, someone would have made an issue of it.
  6. Truth Be Told
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    Truth Be Told - December 30, 2012 10:10 pm
    My heart goes out to this family. Although nothing has been confirmed, given the fact that trash bags were found with blood-soiled towels and throw rugs, I can't help but think her boyfriend murdered her. I'm guessing that is why he disappeared and the police were unsuccessful at locating him for further questioning. He probably couldn't handle the guilt, so he took his own life. I really hope I am wrong and she is found safe. Her family at least deserves answers.
  7. TourGuide
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    TourGuide - December 30, 2012 4:35 pm
    Enough of my distraction with Born Here... I hope we can put an end to these sad events in the story with a positive outcome- I hope Tammy is found alive and well. Lets keep the hope alive.
  8. TourGuide
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    TourGuide - December 30, 2012 3:38 pm
    One, two, three strikes and BornHere is out!
  9. Toke
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    Toke - December 30, 2012 3:36 pm
    Keeping fingers crossed for Tammy!
  10. Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson - December 30, 2012 3:35 pm
    I hope for her family's sake, his note told them where to find the woman. That would be at least one tiny shred of decency from him.
  11. Alan Johnson
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    Alan Johnson - December 30, 2012 3:34 pm
    Yeah Born Here's reaction smacks of gun nut paranoia. I say gun nut because, although I oppose gun regulation, there are clearly some people out here that are way over the top and I don't associate myself with them. Oh and I'm not "born here." But my dad in the US Navy with a Montana home-of-Record was still in the Navy when I was born. He moved my mother and I back to Montana when I was 10 months old. So I guess 62 years as a Montanan probably should give me the right to speak or write, even by the reasoning of a birthplace bigot. It's really strange to talk about where one was born, as if it gives somebody credibility.
  12. saltine
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    saltine - December 30, 2012 3:21 pm
    Born Here, thanks for the laugh. I used to think "gun nut" was a pejorative but it's a term getting more accurate every day...
  13. TourGuide
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    TourGuide - December 30, 2012 2:55 pm
    Paranoia is where you create it BornHere. The fact is, apparently, that it was a semi auto pistol. Newspapers are supposed to reports the facts so I don't see what your issue is.
  14. Tracker
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    Tracker - December 30, 2012 2:53 pm
    Oh, come on, Born Here. Why not criticize the paper for including other details, such as the year or make of his truck, the size of his dog, or the length of his suicide note? The kind of weapon found with the man is one of many pieces of information in this sad story. Your over-concern about mentioning the type of weapon is YOUR obsession or crusade, not the Missoulian's.
  15. Born Here
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    Born Here - December 30, 2012 2:17 pm
    My condolences go out to the family at this tragic time. The Holidays are supposed to be a happy time. This may be a little course, but, what EXACTLY does the fact that it was a semi-auto weapon have to do with anything?? You really don't think this could have happened with a single shot revolver? I mean really.. why does the Missoulian think it needs to feed into this sudden rabid paranoia about semi automatic weapons? It's ridiculous. Find something original to thump your chest about, like nobody brooming the snow off the bike-racks...
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