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Dec 31, 2012 7:21 PM by KXLF Media Center

UPDATE: Anaconda authorities transport evidence in missing woman case to state crime lab for analysis

Anaconda Law Enforcement authorities traveled to Missoula on Monday taking the evidence they have gathered in the missing woman case to the Montana State Crime Lab for DNA analysis.

Tammy Salle, 41, has been missing since Sunday, Dec. 23, according to Tim Barkell, police chief of the Anaconda Police Department. The most recent evidence in this case was collected on Saturday from a garbage receptacle near the couple's home. The crime lab will examine bloody towels, bloody rugs, human tissue and hair.

On Saturday, the Missoula County Sheriff's Office discovered Salle's boyfriend's body outside Missoula. John Goldberg, 38, was asked to come in for questioning on Wednesday, Dec. 26, by the Anaconda Police Department. Goldberg never showed up for his interview, according to Barkell.

Authorities in Missoula say Goldberg died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Goldberg left a suicide note. It did not indicate any information on Salle's disappearance.

Anaconda authorities believe Goldberg is the cause of this missing person case.

"That's where we are kind of leaning right now, but we don't know for sure," Barkell said.

Barkell said Goldberg was in trouble with law enforcement in 1994 when he beat an individual with a tire iron.

Authorities have been searching the mountainous areas around Anaconda for Salle, but have come up with nothing, Barkell said.

On Friday, Powell County Officials found Salle's vehicle on the Racetrack overpass, according to Barkell. The car is now in the Anaconda Police Departments possession.

Authorities said Goldberg is their only suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Anaconda police at 406-563-5241.

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