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.