Real Name: Dorothy Harriet Camille Arnold or Harriet Camilla Dorothea Arnold
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Manhattan, New York
Occupation: Heiress, Writer
Date of Birth: 1884 or July 1, 1885
Height: 5'1 - 5'4
Weight: 140 - 160 pounds
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian female, dark brown hair , blue/gray eyes
Details: Dorothy Arnold was a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the daughter of wealthy perfume importer Francis Arnold. On the morning of December 12, 1910, she left to go dress shopping for a party. She was met by acquaintances on Fifth Avenue and noticed at the Park & Tilford's store at Fifth and 27th then Brentano's Bookstore on 26th Street where she met a friend, telling that person she was heading home through Central Park. Everyone remarked that she seemed happy and cheerful. She was never seen again.
The Arnolds kept her disappearance from the police, instead commissioning investigations through family friend, John S. Keith, and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Their first person of interest was her boyfriend, George Griscom, with whom she was suspected of eloping, but he was in Naples, Italy at the time. She had left with George the month before, and it was believed she had done so again. Her mother and Keith traveled to Naples and forcibly interrogated him, but he claimed he had no idea where she was. She had sent him a letter stating she was depressed over a story she had written being rejected by a magazine. Over time Griscom spent thousands of dollars looking for her to no success. It was six weeks before the police were brought in to investigate the case.
There have been many rumors and theories about this case. One was that she had died of a botched abortion and buried somewhere in the park. She was also rumored to be in a hospital with amnesia or banished to Switzerland by her parents, the disappearance created to cover it up. In 1916, there was a rumor that Griscom had paid a convict from Rhode Island to bury her under the cellar of a house in West Point, but this was proven false.
Her father died in 1922, her mother in 1928. Both of them passed away believing their daughter was already deceased.
Extra Notes: This case was never featured on Unsolved Mysteries, despite being mulled over as a possible segment at one point.
- Dorothy Arnold on Wikipedia
- The Disappearance of Dorothy Arnold
- Dorothy Arnold on the Charley Project