Case File: Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold - 1028DFNY
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Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold
Physical Description** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.
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Circumstances of Disappearance
Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold was last seen on Fifth Avenue and 27th Street. On the morning of December 12, 1910, Dorothy left her parentís home at 108 East Seventy-ninth Street in Manhattan to go shopping for an evening dress. She had a bank account of her own, as well as accounts at several of the stores.
She left the house at 11:30 AM, and several acquaintances stopped and spoke with her as she walked west along Fifth Avenue. Others saw her going towards a bookstore on 27th Street, where she bought a book between 1:00 and 2:00 PM. They all said that she seemed cheerful. When she failed to return to 79th Street for dinner that night, her family telephoned friends but she had not been seen by any of them.
The family decided to keep Dorothy's disappearance a secret, conducting discreet investigations through a friend of the family and with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Her parents spent thousands of dollars with the Pinkertonís but they had no more success than family attorney and friend, John S. Keith. Mr. Keith had often escorted Dorothy to social functions. For weeks, he searched hospitals, morgues and jails in New York, Boston and Philadelphia. The secret investigations continued for six weeks before the Arnold finally turned to the police and the newspapers.
Dorothy had been involved in a relationship with a man whom her family did not approve, George Griscom Jr. Mr Griscom was in Italy at the time of Dorothy's disappearance and claimed to have no knowledge of what happened to her. He did have a letter Dorothy had written him admitting that she was depressed over a recent magazine rejection to a story she had written. In the letter she claimed, "All that I can see ahead is a long road with no turning." This led some to speculate that she had committed suicide. Mr. Griscom spent a large amount of money on searching for Dorothy.
Six years after Dorothy's disappearance, a Rhode Island convict claimed that he had been paid $150 to dig her grave. He did not know the name of the person who paid him, but claimed that he looked much like Mr. Griscom. The convict also claimed that Dorothy had died after a botched abortion and was buried in the basement of a house near West Point. Police searched various basements, but never found the body of Ms. Arnold.
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Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 1/25/15 By: BR / Missing Persons Coordinator
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