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Published January 13, 2012, 10:55 PM

Former student reacts to death of Montana teacher

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - After six days of exhaustive searches and countless hours holding out hope, the worst is confirmed: A Montana teacher is presumed dead. A credible tip from the public has led to two men in the Dakota's.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

After six days of exhaustive searches and countless hours holding out hope, the worst is confirmed: A Montana teacher is presumed dead. A credible tip from the public has led to two men in the Dakota's.

Police say a 47 year-old man is in a jail in Williston. The other, a 22 year-old, is being questioned in Rapid City. 43 year-old Sherry Arnold mysteriously vanished during a run Saturday. An extensive search has turned up just one piece of evidence, her shoe. Her body has not been found.

Arnold's legacy is felt across North Dakota. The high school teacher and mother taught and coached in Minot, back in the 90's.

We caught up with one of Sherry Arnold's former students, now living in West Fargo. Back in the mid-90's she was known as Sherry Whited, a beloved teacher whose impact then is still visible now.

Ryan Gellner – Sherry’s Former Student: “For it to happen to somebody who was not only a teacher and coach, but a pretty good friend, it's shocking.”

It is the outcome everyone was praying would not happen.

Ryan Gellner: “It's terrible.”

Like so many who knew or didn't know Sherry Arnold, Ryan Gellner has kept a watchful eye on the unfortunate news; first her disappearance, now her death.

Ryan Gellner: “Just tried to continue to follow it each and every day, trying to not give up on hope.”

But it is here, on Facebook,

Ryan Gellner: “A quick hi or a quick hi there.”

Where the two, after drifting apart, would reconnect and keep in touch through the years.

Ryan Gellner: “It was certainly a teacher that had become a friend from a long time ago.”

The Minot native remembers her impact on him. Call it a heart to heart one day back when the Bishop Ryan teenager didn't want to go out for her sport.

Ryan Gellner: “She really talked me into track and made track fun and really made school fun. She was one of those teachers you just wanted to be around.”

The popular, high school teacher cared about her students. Coach Whited, as she was called, stayed after school to teach teens, having a tough time with math. She understood them. Gellner says Sherry helped shape him and so many others.

Ryan Gellner: “It was always a smile. It was always a conversation. You were always somebody in her classroom. There's not a lot of teachers that leave an impression like that on you. That's what they're going to miss most is her. She's a one of a kind.”

Sherry graduated from Dickinson State. She was from Sidney, where she eventually moved back to teach.

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