Marble Arvidson
Marble Arvidson
Wednesday August 31, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- A 17-year-old Brattleboro man is feared to be injured or worse after he was reported missing prior to Tropical Storm Irene hitting the area, according to police.

Marble Arvidson is described as a tall, lanky and athletic.

He was last seen leaving his home, along Marlboro Road in West Brattleboro just after 2:15 p.m., on Saturday heading toward the woods. He was wearing black slacks, a long-sleeve black shirt, black sneakers and a dark bowler hat.

Friends and family put up posters around downtown Brattleboro in hopes that someone may have seen him.

Julie Cunningham, executive director of Families First, said she's known Arvidson for 11 years and served as his case manager with Families First ever since.

According to Cunningham, Arvidson had plans the afternoon of his disappearance to meet up with his girlfriend at his home after he went out for a hike.

"He was supposed to meet her at 4 p.m., Cunningham said. "Which is why it would make sense if he wanted to go for a hike, he would have done it close by."

Brattleboro Police Officer Adam Belville said there's growing concern about his disappearance, especially after the historic rainfall and flash floods in west Brattleboro on Sunday.

"It doesn't take much to find yourself in need of assistance, especially with the amount of rain and flooding we had," Belville said. "We have a great concern of finding him because so many days have passed. With the recent storm that fear has amplified."

Neither Belville or Cunningham said they thought this was a runaway situation.

"He was looking forward to going back to school for his senior year," Cunningham said. "There was nothing to indicate that there was any kind of conflict he was trying to avoid."

All his friends have been interviewed, and no one said that they had seen or heard from him after Saturday afternoon, she said.

As the hours and days wore on, it became apparent something was wrong, something had happened to him, Cunningham said.

"Marble is a great kid whose loved in the community," Cunningham said. "There's lots of people who he would have been in contact with."

She added that Marble had lived in Wilmington and with the massive destruction Irene caused Sunday and Monday, she's confident Arvidson would have at least reached out to his friends and family there to check on their condition.

Anyone with information about Marble Arvidson is urged to contact Julie Cunningham at 802-258-1390 or the Brattleboro Police at 802-257-7946.

Josh Stilts can be reached at jstilts@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311 ext. 273.