Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold
Missing since December 12, 1910 from New York City, New York County, New York.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Dorothy 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, and several acquaintances stopped and spoke with her as she walked west along Fifth Avenue, and others saw her going toward a bookstore on 27th Street, where she bought a book between 13.30-14.00. 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 John S. Keith, the family friend did. Keith was the attorney for the family and he 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 Arnoldís finally turned to the police and the newspapers.
Ms. Arnold had been abroad often, but had no relatives or close friends in Europe. She was a Byrn Mawr graduate, the daughter of a perfumery importer, and the niece of the late Justice Rufus W. Peckham of the United States Supreme Court. She was devoted to books and spoke several languages.
THE VANISHED HEIRESS
New York Times
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