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Published February 06, 2012, 03:48 PM

Montana governor seeks return of teacher kidnapping suspects

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor is requesting the extradition of two suspects being held in North Dakota to face charges in the kidnapping of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's governor is requesting the extradition of two suspects being held in North Dakota to face charges in the kidnapping of Sidney teacher Sherry Arnold.

Monday's request from Gov. Brian Schweitzer comes as federal and state authorities continue their search for Arnold. She went missing during a morning run on Jan. 7 and is presumed dead.

Forty-seven-year-old Lester Waters Jr. and 22-year-old Michael Spell were arrested a week later and are detained on bonds of $2.5 million each. They face charges of aggravated kidnapping — a crime that can carry the death sentence in Montana.

An extradition hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14 in Williston, N.D.

Authorities have not revealed any motive in the case. The suspects came to the region from Colorado, although Waters is originally from Florida.

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