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Case File 848DMNY


Andrew Carnegie Whitfield
Missing since April 17, 1938 from Long Island, New York.
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Whitfield departed in his small plane from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York on April 17, 1938. He planned to land at an airfield approximately 22 miles away. Whitfield never arrived as scheduled and has never been heard from again. An extensive search for him and his plane produced no evidence as to his whereabouts. Whitfield's plane has never been recovered.

Whitfield had 200 hours of flying experience at the time of his disappearance. His plane had enough fuel for a 150-mile flight. People across the United States claimed that they saw Whitfield for years after his plane vanished. Whitfield was the nephew of steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie. His case has long been closed by law enforcement.

After Andrew's disappearance was discovered, it was discovered that he checked into a hotel in Garden City on Long Island under the alias Albert C. White on the day he vanished. He paid $4 in advance for the room and never checked out. His personal belongings, including his passport; clothing; cuff links engraved with his initials; two $6000 life insurance policies in his name listing his wife, Elizabeth Halsey Whitfield, as the beneficiary; and several stocks and bonds made out in Andrew's and Elizabeth's names; were left behind in the hotel room. Phone records also indicated that he called his home while his family was out looking for him, and a telephone operator says she heard him say over the phone, "Well, I am going to carry out my plan."

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Nassau Police Department

Source Information:
Nevada State Journal, August 20, 1939
San Antonio Light, May 19, 1946
New Castle News, April 19, 1938

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