Marble Arvidson, 17, with a family member at a party last year celebrating his grandmother’s 90th birthday. Marble was last seen Aug. 27, before rainfall from Hurricane Irene created massive flooding in the region. Marble’s family believes that he left his house with an unidentified man.
Marble Arvidson is 165 pounds and 6 ft. 2 in. tall. He has blond, shoulder-length hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. If you have heard or seen anything that could help identify the unknown individual Marble was seen with, or any other information at all, please do not hesitate to contact the family’s Operation Find Marble number, (802) 490-2003, or the Brattleboro Police, at 802-257-7946. Even the tiniest piece of information is important, police say. Anonymous tips are welcomed.
Originally published in The Commons issue #117 (Wednesday, September 7, 2011).
BRATTLEBORO—“Base operations,” answers Trish Kittredge as she participates in her fifth telephone conversation in less than 14 minutes.
Kittredge is organizing the search for her missing nephew, 17-year-old Marble Arvidson, a senior at Brattleboro Union High School.
Marble was last seen as he left his home in West Brattleboro on Aug. 27, the day before Hurricane Irene rocked the area with heavy rain and flash flooding.
In charge, yet calm, Kittredge, a command sergeant major for the Army National Guard in Massachusetts, had been called into active duty because of Hurricane Irene.
When her nephew went missing, she was given leave to organize his search.
The table under the information tent, set up in the parking lot of the Chelsea Royal Diner, is organized and ready for anything.
A pile of orange vests sit in a big box on the ground. A banquet-sized table holds maps full of grids, yellow sticky notes marking areas that have been searched.
A volunteer sign-up sheet is ready on a clipboard. Kittridge’s open Volvo station wagon is loaded with posters. People wander over to the desk, ask questions, take posters, dispense hugs, and offer somber well wishes.
A passerby asks Kittredge for something to do, and within minutes is given tacks, bright yellow “Missing” posters, and assigned an area where the rain has ruined the poster that is already hung.
The volunteer will substitute the dry poster and hand out informational postcards to anyone who asks.
“Marble is very dear to us,” say his aunts Jane Arvidson and Joanne McGowan, finishing each other’s sentences as they describe the youth.
“None of us believe he is a runaway. Anyone who knows him would know that,” McGowan says.
“There is no way that he would not have made contact with someone close to him as he has a large family, supportive adults in his life and lots of friends,” Arvidson says, describing her nephew as “a connected kid.”
Describing him as “forthcoming” and “a very open person,” Marble’s aunts say that checking in was always a part of their nephew’s behavior.
“He has always been forthcoming and is a very open person,” McGowan says.
“All I can think about is the last time I hugged him,” says Larry Beaudoin, of Greenfield, Marble’s grandfather.
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