Ex-Sebastian man Lester Vann Waters Jr held in abduction of Montana school teacher Sherry Arnold

SEBASTIAN — A Sebastian man who served time in the Indian River County Jail in 2009 is one of two men being held in the abduction of female schoolteacher in Montana who is missing and presumed dead, according to the Williams County Sheriff's Office in South Dakota.

Construction worker Lester Vann Waters Jr, 47, formerly of the 400 block of Seaside Terrace, Sebastian, is in the William County Jail in Williston, N.D. on a charge of aggravated kidnapping.

"We dealt with him a lot" principally for traffic offenses, said Sebastian Police Chief Michelle Morris. Her computerized police records date to 1991 and his name appeared soon after that.

He was released from state prison during August 2010 for violation of probation of Indian River County traffic cases including driving while intoxicated, state records show.

Waters, who currently lives in Parachute, Colo., was arrested Thursday in Williston based on an anonymous tip about an abduction 45 miles away near the rural farming community of Sidney in northeastern Montana.

Waters is accused of abducting high school teacher Sherry Arnold, 43, near Sidney. She disappeared Jan. 7 while running along a truck route outside of the town. Her husband reported her missing and searchers found one of her shoes.

A second man, Michael Spell, 22, also of Parachute, Colo., was detained for questioning in Rapid City, S.D. Investigators say he is a suspect in the woman's disappearance.

According to press accounts, Spell was previously arrested in Colorado on drug charges and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Later the charges were dropped.

Arnold still is officially classified as missing, but is believed to have been buried in rural farmlands near Williston.

Williston Police Chief Jim Lokken is asking property owners to search for signs of the missing woman. Authorities suspect that the woman may be buried near trees, possibly on vacant farmland.

Waters was in the Indian River County Jail until March 26, 2009 when he was transferred to state prison two serve two years in minimum security for violating his probation on charges of leaving the scene of an DUI accident with injuries and repeatedly driving without a license, according to court records.

He violated his probation by not completing a DUI course, not paying restitution to his victims and not completing his court-ordered community service hours, court records show.

He was in the Indian River County Jail from 2007 to 2008 following his arrest in 2006 in a hit-and-run accident, state records show.

Before that, in 2005, he was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. In 2002 he served time on a weapons related charge, according to state prison records. He was jailed from 2002 to 2003.

The Billing Gazette in Montana contributed to this report.

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