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Unsolved Cases of Famous People Who Disappeared Mysteriously

They are famous, wealthy and at the top of their lives. They had misteriously disappeared into thin air and the case remained unsolved until today.

Dorothy Arnold, A Manhattan Socialite (disappeared in 1910)

Dorothy Arnold. Image source

Known as New York socialite, Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold was the heiress of a wealthy perfume importer, Francis Arnold and niece of the magistrate Rufus Wheeler Peckham. She was disappeared into thin air when walking down the busy Manhattan Street on one cold morning of 12th December 1910 and never to be heard from again. In the summer before, Dorothy spent nights at Boston hotels with 40 years old man named George Griscom. This affair caused lots of media attention as girls of high society at that time never did such thing. Suspecting that Dorothy might had run away with Griscom and trying to avoid embarrassing scandal, Dorothy’s father appointed Pinkerton detective agency to investigate her whereabouts. Only after 6 agonizing weeks without successful result, the father reported to the Police and opened this case to the media.

Speculation floated that Dorothy might have committed suicide because Griscom had refused to marry her. Other theory said that she might had fallen onto icy pavement and suffered from amnesia. Others said that she might have been banished in disgrace to Switzerland after her family discovered that she had been pregnant.  However, no one in Manhattan hospitals matched her description and no one had ever seen her famous face in Switzerland. Numerous sightings of her all proved to be false.  In 1916 a Rhode Island convict stated that he helped a man, whose description was strikingly close to that of Griscom, dig a grave for Dorothy Arnold in the cellar of a house near West Point. He was paid $150 to do the job.  He said Dorothy had died after a botched abortion. Police searched the cellar but found no sign of corpse.  After spending $ 100,000 for massive hunt, Francis Arnold finally gave up. He never knows what have become of his daughter.

Joe Pichler, American Child Actor (disappeared in 2006)

Joe Pichler was a famous child actor who starred successful family movie “Beethoven”. He was last seen on 5th January 2006 by his card-playing pals.  On 9th January 2006, his car was found at the busy intersection of Wheaton Way and Sheridan Road above Port Madison Narrow. Several poems and a note expressing suicidal thoughts were found in the car. In his note, Pichler stated that he was sorry for not being able to be a good role model for his 17 years old brother, A.J. He wished he could be a stronger brother and also asked his belongings to go to A.J.

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  1. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On January 4, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Wow…gr8 compilation. I enjoyed your article.

  2. Debra.

    On January 4, 2010 at 5:52 am

    A fascinating and intriguing article! I absolutely enjoy a good mystery.

  3. albert1jemi

    On January 4, 2010 at 5:59 am

    nice research

  4. Rosettaartist1

    On January 4, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Very interesting and well researched.

  5. jaysonv

    On January 4, 2010 at 6:53 am

    WOW! Great article.. thanks for sharing this.. We pray also that these cases will be solved..

  6. ken bultman

    On January 4, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Fascinating piece.

  7. seksijerk

    On January 4, 2010 at 10:01 am

    fascinating and well researched work.

  8. Christine Ramsay

    On January 4, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Very strange disappearances. Maybe these people did not want to be found. An excellent article.


  9. Glynis Smy

    On January 4, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Interesting article.

  10. PR Mace

    On January 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Good interesting article. I wonder if some of these people don’t want to be found.

  11. Ruby Hawk

    On January 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Things that happen in real life can be stranger than fiction. Very interesting.

  12. Dhanan Sarwo utomo

    On January 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    nice post

  13. Alexis Flint

    On January 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    It’s so sad when I read about people disappearing. I always wonder where they are and if they’re doing ok.

  14. Lady Sunshine

    On January 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Fascinating piece, Yovita. Truth is stranger than fiction and some mysteries may never be solved.

  15. Shirley Shuler

    On January 5, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Excellent article, Yovita, the truth is stranger than fiction, thanks for sharing this with us.

  16. Geomorphosis

    On January 6, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Interesting post. Thanks.

  17. speckledlily

    On January 6, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Interesting! This post adds my knowledge. Thanks


    On January 6, 2010 at 4:32 am

    The real fact is always behind public’s scene.

  19. thuanynguyen

    On January 6, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I love reading these unsolved cases! I love watching documentaries about murders and ghosts etc. Great article!

  20. nobert soloria bermosa

    On January 6, 2010 at 8:12 am

    hope these cases (esp the recent ones) will be resolved sooner or later…i couldn’t imagine the torment being experience by their love ones

  21. qasimdharamsy

    On January 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Interesting article….

  22. CA Johnson

    On January 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    This is very interesting. The only one I heard of was Olivia Newton John’s boyfriend. I thought that he might have faked his death too.

  23. fashion girl

    On January 7, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they are reading this article right know :)

  24. kate smedley

    On January 7, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Fascinating article Yovita and well-researched, thank you. I’d only heard of Richey Edwards and some fans believe he is still alive. It’s the hardest for those left behind in cases like these, you can’t ever get closure.

  25. Jane Jane

    On January 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Mysterious. I wonder where they are.

  26. Juancav

    On January 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Enigmatic cases of missed people.

  27. catlord

    On January 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

    well researched & written. :-)

  28. Joe Dorish

    On January 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Fascinating stuff!

  29. Payge

    On January 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Well written and was fascinating to read,some could be dead while others could be living.It will never be known and remain a mystery until solved.

  30. A Moms Choice

    On January 10, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I remember when the Patrick McDermott case was talk about. It was a suspicious how the whole thing played out. I believe she went on with her life shortly after the disappearance.

  31. ap

    On January 10, 2010 at 2:25 am

    great stuff

  32. mkd1788

    On January 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    such a interesting post…well researched..

  33. magicdarts

    On January 11, 2010 at 3:28 am

    fascinating how people in the public eye can just disappear without a trace – great article thanks!

  34. Linvio

    On January 16, 2010 at 7:37 am

    unresolved cases for rich people… how much more for the poor ones…

  35. cutedrishti8

    On January 20, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Very well researched work..

  36. Leonardo da Vinci E.

    On February 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I enjoyed your creativity; It also makes people caught up in their daily routines think about being more aware of things going on around them.

  37. Authoress Terry E. Lyle

    On February 15, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Fascinating article.

  38. hosariwi

    On September 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Very interesting article. Quite fascinating!

  39. Carolyn Cordon

    On November 30, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Interesting – and you’ve done a good job with the research.

  40. crisdiwata

    On December 3, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Whenever I heard of people’s disappearances I find it very disturbing. I wonder what have happened to these people. I wish their whereabouts could be found so there can be closure and those who left by them will find peace in their minds. Though sometimes I wonder what if I’ll try to disappear myself. LOL

  41. yes me

    On December 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Glad I found this one cheers

  42. Patricksia

    On December 6, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Great article!

  43. christylynn

    On December 13, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Great article, I love mysteries.

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