Found Deceased MT - Sally Demarais-Smith, 52, found in vehicle in storage unit, Great Falls, 25 Sept 2020

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  1. indicolite22

    indicolite22 Well-Known Member

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    IMO the family would have recognized her handwriting. IF the note wasn't there when they went to bed, she would have been forced to write it with them in the house. We have to wait for COD, but leaving of her own accord seems the most likely scenario to me.
     
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    Denniece Well-Known Member

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  3. Denniece

    Denniece Well-Known Member

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    There was also a woman in South Dakota who was missing for around a week. She was found deceased inside her vehicle which was parked in an empty garage at her apartment complex. That was in late summer iirc.
     
  4. iamnotagolem

    iamnotagolem Well-Known Member

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    Is it normal for people to have storage units that are empty enough to fit a car in them? We’ve only used storage units as temporary storage when moving, each time we got the smallest one and filled it to the brim.

    I wonder what they used the storage unit for?
     
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  5. MrsWatson

    MrsWatson Well-Known Member

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    Every storage unit I've ever used, you couldn't fit a Matchbox car in it, let alone a real car.

    Could there be a reason that they had it, but it was empty at the time? Or at least empty enough that a vehicle fit?
     
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    It's interesting that the police haven't indicated that there was any danger to the community at large over the last few weeks. To me, that shuffles odds a very specific way.
     
  7. MTSnowBunny

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    Here in MT storage units are a hot commodity. Every person I know has a storage unit. Some people use it to hold Winter items in the summer and vice versa. Families have them to hold their outdoor activity supplies/equipment. (i.e. hunting, fishing equipment, camping gear, etc.) Just wanted to throw my 2 cents in since I do live here.

    ETA: When we can't find a small unit we have to rent the ones that are available. There are 10x20 & 20x40 units available to rent because the storage facilities seem to always make the bigger units rather than a bunch of small ones.
     
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    The units there are 4 structures, WAG in the 24x36 range, each with 4 8x7 (guessing by looks/experience) overhead/garage doors. Bing let me street-view.
     
  9. MrsWatson

    MrsWatson Well-Known Member

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    I meant after I filled the unit up, you couldn't fit anything else in there.

    It makes sense, if they were hard to find, to have one and just pay the rent, even if you didn't have much in it sometimes.
     
  10. kspoon45

    kspoon45 Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone found an MSM story that stated it was THEIR storage unit? The news articles I've read have said "a" storage unit.
     
  11. iamnotagolem

    iamnotagolem Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have a timeline created?

    From what I’ve gathered:

    September 25: last sighting in family home (by whom?)
    September 26: family notices she’s missing
    September 29: missing persons report filed
    October 11: found deceased

    What happened Friday evening that no one noticed she was missing? Initial reports say she may have left early Saturday morning. Why? If she was last seen Friday afternoon, why wasn’t their concern earlier?

    Maybe I’m paranoid because of being interested in missing persons cases, but we have find my iPhone on all of our devices. If my husband is traveling alone, I’ll use it to check on him so I’m not distracting him while driving. He’ll text when he stops for gas or bathroom breaks, he does the same if I travel without him.

    How did 4 kids and husband not communicate at all with her all of Friday evening without being concerned? Who was in the house Friday evening/night?
     
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    iamnotagolem Well-Known Member

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    I could have sworn I read that it was theirs, but now I’m not actually seeing that anywhere in MSM. How would the husband have found her if it wasn’t theirs?
     
  13. kspoon45

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    I also haven't read that he was the one that found her in an MSM article.
     
  14. indicolite22

    indicolite22 Well-Known Member

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    I have only seen both pieces of info on SM and a few pages ago a poster mentioned them here without giving the source.
     
  15. oviedo

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    I'm not finding any updates - if this was not her storage unit - then how did she gain entrance?
     
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    Investigation continues into the death of Sally Demarais-Smith

    The search for Sally Smith continues, family heartbroken after disappearance

    The two things strike me as interesting.

    Who was the last person to see her? It seems plausible that the last person to see her wasn't her husband or family, right? Otherwise, why would there be a note?

    Also, it's not stated that she left the note for her family/husband but that's to be assumed, right? Why leave a note for someone that you see regularly? If I was running out of town, I would call or text my husband - not leave a note. Was that normal behavior for her?

    ETA:

    Also this:

    The search for Sally Smith continues, family heartbroken after disappearance

    So... who was the note for?
     
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  17. iamnotagolem

    iamnotagolem Well-Known Member

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    Sorry

    In response to your last paragraph. If this was common, is there anything in the note to indicate the date the note was written? Where was the note left/found? Who found it? Was it indeed written that day? Or if there was foul play involved, was an old note dug up and used to throw everyone off?

    Missing persons report was filed the 29th, she “left” the 25th.

    When and where did her phone last ping?
     
  18. kspoon45

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    I'm curious how you'd know how someone left the house (the last place she was seen) in a specific car where she also happened to have left a note where she was going? Is this just crappy reporting or does it make no sense?
     
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    We have a 12’X 32’ unit that we store two Polaris RZR’s in. One a two seater, the other a four seater. Sometimes it’s empty for a month at a time if they are in the shop getting things fixed after a weekend of riding in the mud. There have been times when the four seater was in the shop and I put my Lincoln Navigator in it with the two seater if we were expecting hail as it’s less than a mile from our home. Before we had the RZRs we stored a 22’ boat in it.
     
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  20. iamnotagolem

    iamnotagolem Well-Known Member

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    I’m trying to come up with ideas of how she was seen last at home but then left a note.

    this is all conjecture:
    Let’s say the husband was at work, kids were at school. Neighbor sees sally at 1:00, so we have a last seen at home Friday afternoon sighting.

    From there honestly I’m lost. The kids get home from school, see the note and think “yup, ok totally normal, nothing to see here”.

    Dad gets home sees note, again everything is fine. Saturday rolls around and then “oh wait, where did she go? I’m going to start looking for her” Monday rolls around and they file a missing persons report.

    All just thinking, trying to understand timelines and what could have actually happened here.
     

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