Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wife alarmed as husband leaves, plans unknown

This story was published by the Ypsilanti Daily Press on Friday, October 16, 1931.

The family of A. F. McDougall, 121 North Normal Street, are concerned to day for his safety, but expect his safe return soon, following his strange disappearance about 2 o’clock this morning.

Mr. McDougall had been worried financially, it is understood. He was heard leaving the house about 2 o’clock by one of the student roomers who thought little of it, and did not disturb Mrs. McDougall. About an hour later when their small son wakened her, she discovered that he was gone.

Mr. McDougall left only one note; it was a message of instructions to his broker.

Alarmed when she found the note and realized that Mr. McDougall had left with no word to her, Mrs. McDougall called the police. Search was immediately started. Officers even included the river bank and all trains and busses leaving the city, but found no trace of him.

Mr. McDougall took no clothing and left the family car. So far as his wife knows, he had very little money.

Officers doubt that he took his own life, or intends not to return. It is believed his worries made him feel it would be better to leave the city quietly for a short time, and be alone until he could settle upon the best course of action.

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