Missing woman's family hopes discovery of body will bring closure


BUTTE, Mont. - It was a chilling discovery this weekend on a southwest Montana river. The discovery may lead family members and investigators to some answers after an Anaconda woman went missing late last year.

A body, believed to be that of Tammy Salle, was pulled out of the Clark Fork River on Saturday afternoon near Galen. One group of fishermen discovered the body, and another group located a driver's license belonging to 41-year-old Salle.

"It was a a horrible outcome but we all kind of knew what we we're looking for. We're glad it's over and that they're going to get some closure," said Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell.

Salle's family has been hoping to gain some closure for over two months.

After dozens of volunteer searches on foot, and bringing in an out-of-state search-and-rescue cadaver dog team, now the Salle family just wants to bring an end to the nightmare.

"It's bittersweet, I'm very happy she was found so we can lay her to rest but we feel like she's died all over again" said Salle's sister Christina Hagens.

Investigators say the tattoos on the body that was pulled from the river match the description of the tattoos Salle had.

Salle's daughter Kailyn Dupius Snyde tells NBC Montana that she designed those tattoos as part of a birthday and mother's day gift for her mom.

"I designed the tattoos for her feet; I got them as a gift for a cross between a birthday present and a Mother's Day present. They're two butterflies, one on each foot, and then she suggested she wanted a pair of 'K's, the letter 'K' on each foot for both of her girls, Krystal and Kailyn," added Snyder.

Investigators say the identification process can take up to a couple of weeks at the state crime lab.