Teen still missing; no new leads

Monday September 12, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- It has been more than two weeks with no new concrete leads and friends and family are left asking, "Where is Marble Arvidson?"

Arvidson, 17, of Brattleboro, a tall, athletic, lanky teen with shoulder-length light brown hair, was last seen Aug. 27, at his home along Marlboro Road in West Brattleboro answering the door for an unknown male, by one of his roommates sometime around 1 p.m.

He had left a note indicating he was going out for a short walk and would be back about 2:15 p.m., in time to meet his girlfriend by 4. Arvidson never returned.

The search for the missing teen has been led by his aunt, Command Sgt. Maj. Trish Kittredge, who was given leave on short notice by the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Kittredge said that although there has been tremendous outpouring through social networking and the dozens of volunteers who have gone out on search parties, the mystery of Arvidson's disappearance has gained little momentum.

"The frustrating part is not having a clue where he went or where to start," she said. "We've had bits and pieces of information coming in through Facebook, Twitter and our anonymous top boxes about where Marble was and what he was doing up until his disappearance, but there's still no solid leads."

The family is now offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to finding Arvidson, Kittredge said.

"There has to be someone who knows what happened," she said. "I have to believe that they'll come forward even though they may be afraid to do so."

Police are searching through Arvidson's computer and phone records to try and figure out any information about the unknown male who was last seen with him or any clue about his location.

Last week Kittredge said someone who knew Marble from attending school with him at Brattleboro Union High School, said they though they saw him walking along Route 5 from Dummerston toward Putney but his hair had been cut very short.

Neither police or family have been able to locate anyone that fits his description in that area and no one else has spotted him, with or without short hair, she said.

On Sept. 17 and 18, if Arvidson is still missing and nothing has been found to give the police, family or friends a clue where to look, Kittredge said she'll bring in specially trained dogs, people on horseback, ATVs, and organize a large, 50 or so person search party to scour certain areas they think he could have gone.

Sigrid Arvidson, Marble's mother, said all she wants to do is embrace her son.

"We know he's hurting, scared. We know he wants to be found," she said.

Kittredge said she has been working closely with the Brattleboro Police and forwarding any information they receive.

Det. Paul Beebe said police agencies are still actively looking for Arvidson and are still treating his disappearance as a missing persons case.

"He's not a runaway," Beebe said. "He's a missing person and we're actively investigating every avenue we can."

Until he's found, Kittredge said, the search parties will continue to be orchestrated out of the Chelsea Royal Diner parking lot and volunteers will go door-to-door asking anyone if they've seen Arvidson and if they have, what the last time was.

A website, findmarble.org has been setup as a way to keep people informed about how the search is going and if any new leads have been given, Kittredge said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Trish Kittredge at 413-478-1669, the Brattleboro Police at 802-257-7946 and any tip can be e-mailed to findmarble@gmail.com, or mailed to P.O. Box 880, Brattleboro Vt., 05301.

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


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