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4157DMNE - William Leslie Arnold

Images 2: Age-progressed to 66 years (circa 2010)

Name: William Leslie Arnold
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: July 15, 1967
Location Last Seen: Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

Physical Description

Date of Birth: August 28, 1942
Age: 24 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 155 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Small scar in the center of his forehead, a scar on his upper right arm, and moles/scar on his right cheek.


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

William Leslie Arnold, known as Les, was last seen in Lincoln on July 15, 1967.

In 1958, when he was 16, he killed his parents after an argument over the family car. He shot his mother six times. He buried his parents in a single grave in the back yard. He later confessed and led police to the bodies.

In 1967, Arnold and another inmate broke out of the penitentiary by cutting bars on a window. The other inmate was captured in 1968 and stated that after the breakout, they were driven to Chicago. Arnold has never been seen or heard from again.

In 2006, a retired minister told the Lincoln Journal Star that on the night of the July 1967 breakout, he picked up the two escapees at a bowling alley, drove them to a bus station and bought them tickets to Chicago. The minister had known Arnold since childhood and said when the escaped convict called for help, he didn't think about the fact that providing aid would break the law: "I was thinking about a friend in need."

While an inmate, Arnold played the saxophone and talked of Brazil.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Nebraska State Patrol, Investigative Services, HDQ Troop
Agency Contact Person: Inv. Jeff Ward
Agency Phone Number: 402 471-4545
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: H09-13937

NCIC Case Number: M198331670
NamUs Case Number: 2677

Information Source(s)

WOWT News - Gone Missing - Wanted Party
Chicago Tribune News Archive - October 12, 1958
KSL News

Admin Notes

Added: 5/20/09; Last Updated: 5/15/16

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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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