'She was loved and adored by thousands:' Montana elementary school speech therapist and mom of four found dead in storage container after being missing for more than a month
A mother-of-four from Montana has been found dead in her car inside a storage container after she was reported missing since September.
Sally Jane Demaris Smith, 52, went missing on September 25, sparking a desperate search led by family and friends.
She was last seen in Great Falls and was believed to have been driving to Malta area.
Her body was found over two weeks laterinside her 2005 Toyota Corolla in a storage unit just outside Great Falls, police say.
Authorities have not revealed whether the death is being treated as suspicious.
They are set to release more information on Smith's cause of death pending an autopsy.
The devastated Smith family said in a statement:'The Smith family would like to thank the community of Great Falls, GFPD and all law enforcement who were assisting and all of the folks on social media who were determined to find Sally.
'She was loved and adored by thousands, this we know. The overwhelming support and concern to all of the prayers is a testament of how beautiful of a person she was.'
A friend of hers appeared to think Smith had been killed, writing on the Facebook group Help find Sally Smith:'A very sad day to all that helped thank you.
'Sally was found today and was deceased, the person who did this will be found.'
Smith worked as a speech and language pathologist at Meadow Lark Elementary School.
Her family are devastated at her death with herhusband, Troy Smith, describing his wife as the family's 'rock'.
Smith drove over 3,000 miles looking for his wife in a desperate bid to find her when she went missing.
'I'm just going to places that had sentimental value to me, places that we've been, that I've been searching hopefully that its somewhere she might have went,' he told the Great Falls Tribune at the time.
他当时对“大瀑布论坛报”说，“我只是要去那些对我有情感价值的地方，那些我们去过的地方，我一直在寻找她可能去过的地方，”他当时告诉“大瀑布论坛报”(The Great Falls Tribune)。
He has previously described Smith as a 'beautiful person on the inside and outside'.
Jill Van Heel, a fifth-grade teacher at the school where Sally worked, paid tribute to her 'wonderful, warm' friend who was 'warm and wonderful and fuzzy' even at 6am.
吉尔·范·希尔(Jill Van Heel)是萨利工作的学校的一名五年级教师，她向她的朋友致敬，她“很棒，很热情”，甚至在早上6点也是“热情、美妙和模糊”。
Smith leaves behind her husband and four children.