1934~Nov. 2, 1947
13 yrs. old
Arlene Anderson, 13, waited on the porch of her home at 99 Marchmount Rd. for her father to come home from a union meeting. Just moments after her mother last looked out the door and asked her if she was okay, Anderson, who was mute and had cerebral palsy, disappeared. On Wednesday, Nov. 5th, 250 volunteers, many of them friends and acquaintances of the Anderson's, undertook an unsuccessful search of High Park. Shortly after noon on Thursday, November 6th, a woman picking dandelions discovered the body of Anderson lying in a patch of weeds behind a factory on Bartlett Ave. just north of Geary Ave., about a kilometer southwest of her house. Anderson had been hit once on the right side of the head and then strangled with her blue woolen underwear by someone who was, the coroner declared, "very powerful". The coroner also concluded she hadn't been dead longer than 12 hours, and the lot where she was found was a well-used shortcut between Bartlett and Bristol Aves., so it was very unlikely her body had lain there since Sunday.