[Missing: Beverly Giannonatti, 79 and son Greg Giannonatti, 57 Deer Lodge, MONTANA (suspicious circumstances)]
It's been one week since 79-year-old Beverly Giannonatti and her 57-year-old son, Greg Giannonatti, went missing. Powell County Sheriff Scott Howard said it seems like they disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
The disappearance comes just over a week after a cleaning lady found a large bar of gold at the home of Beverly Giannonatti's deceased ex-husband.
"My worst nightmare is that she's lying in a ditch somewhere without her coat, and she's cold and in pain," said Beverly Giannonatti's friend Laurie Pentland.
Pentland said she is scared for her friend. Pentland added that she considers Beverly Giannonatti family and she is the godmother to Pentland's children.
"She was one of the most caring people I ever met in my life. She loved her children; she loved her sons," said Pentland.
Howard says Beverly Giannonatti was reported missing on Oct. 31 by a friend.
Pentland said she called the police when Beverly Giannonatti didn't show up to her house on Halloween to give her children candy.
Howard said officers went to Giannonatti's house on Oregon Road and heard her two dogs barking inside, but they did not make entry until the next day.
He said they found Beverly's dogs had been left inside without food, water or bathroom breaks for about five days. Officers then went to Greg Giannonatti's house to see if he knew where she was. He lives less than a mile away on Washington Street.
Howard said they found a roast still cooking in the slow cooker, cooked down to what he called a hockey puck, and his dog had also been left.
Officials say the dogs have health problems that would cause them to need medication.
Greg Giannonatti's car was later found about 13 miles away at his late father's house.
"I'm sick to my stomach," said Pentland. "I can't sleep, I can't eat. We have searched ditches, we've searched fields, we've searched garbage cans. Something is just horribly, horribly wrong."
"These people would never leave those animals behind," said Howard. "It's just a complete weird circumstance. It just doesn't happen."
Howard told NBC Montana that, in his nearly 30 years on the job, this is the strangest event he's ever dealt with.
He said they have requested help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Officials are still asking for anyone in the area to call the sheriff's office at (406) 846-2711 with any helpful information. They are looking for anything that might lead them to solving this case.
Police are currently waiting for the Giannonattis phone records in hopes of getting more details about what happened the day they went missing.
There was no sign of a struggle in either house or at the house that belonged to Bill Giannonatti, who died in August.
Officials say Beverly Giannonatti was having some work done at her late ex-husband's house when a cleaning lady told her about the gold on Oct. 19. The gold is also missing.