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Missing Teen: Marble Arvidson - VT - 08/27/2011

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No new leads in missing teen case

By JOSH STILTS / Reformer Staff

Posted: 09/01/2011 03:00:00 AM EDT

Updated: 09/01/2011 07:43:24 AM EDT

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Marble Arvidson Thursday September 1, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- Friends and family of 17-year-old Marble Arvidson, who went missing a day before Tropical Storm Irene flooded most of Windham County, are still holding out hope that he'll be found safe.

Julie Cunningham, executive director of Families First, who's known Arvidson since he was 8 years old, said she's trying to stay positive but it's getting tougher.

"Every hour that goes by the thoughts turn to the worst-case scenario," Cunningham said. "Where is Marble? We're going to keep hoping. I don't know what to do other than that."

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Anyone with information about Marble Arvidson is urged to contact the Brattleboro Police at 802-257-7946.

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Missing teen's mom just wants to hold him again

By JOSH STILTS / Reformer Staff

Posted: 09/06/2011 03:00:00 AM EDT

Updated: 09/06/2011 07:31:38 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO -- A local teen is still missing after nine days of searching.

Friends and family are still hopeful that they can find 17-year-old Marble Arvidson safe and sound, but each hour that goes by without a lead adds stress and fear.

His mother, Sigrid Arvidson, said all she wants to do is embrace him and let him know that life is terrible without him.

"We know he's hurting, scared..."

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Marble Arvidson: Missing teen from Brattleboro Vermont

Jerrie Dean, Missing Persons Examiner

September 9, 2011

Marble Arvidson, 17, from Brattleboro, Vermont has been missing since August 27.

He was last seen leaving his home on Marlboro Road in West Brattleboro.  Later that afternoon a note was found saying he was going out and would be back later.  He was suppose to be meeting his girlfriend.

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If you have any information you can leave it anonymously here or at one of the information boxes setup in Brattleboro, or call 802-257-7946.

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Teen still missing; no new leads

By JOSH STILTS / Reformer Staff

Posted: 09/12/2011 03:00:00 AM EDT

Updated: 09/12/2011 07:46:12 AM EDT

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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

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Massachusetts Army National Guard.


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


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, 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.

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Reward offered in case of missing Brattleboro teen

Brattleboro, Vermont - September 13, 2011

"This kid didn't drop off the face of the planet," said Pat Cataodo, a friend of missing Brattleboro teen Marble Arvidson. "Someone knows what happened. Someone knows what happened Saturday afternoon at 1:15 when he left the house. He was with somebody."

That was Aug. 27-- a day before Hurricane Irene. Marble Arvidson left a note saying he would be back in a half hour-- which came and went.

"For a 17-year-old he is really highly evolved," Cataodo said. "He never wanted to do anything in life except love and be loved."

Marble did not live with his parents. Family members who organized Tuesday's press conference would not go into details about his living situation, but said he was surrounded by people who cared for him.

His mother is helping in the search.

"Marble, if you are listening to this, please know that you are missed. I love you very, very much," Sigie Arvidson said.

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Search for missing teen intensifies

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:15 pm | Updated: 2:31 pm, Wed Sep 14, 2011.

By Casey Farrar Sentinel Staff

BRATTLEBORO — The search for a teenager missing since late last month continues Saturday with coordinated search parties in the West Brattleboro area where he lived and along Hogback Mountain between there and Wilmington.

Seventeen-year-old Marble A. Arvidson went missing Aug. 27 in the Brattleboro area, just hours before Tropical Storm Irene slammed the state with flooding rains and high winds.

Since then, Arvidson’s aunt Trish Kittredge, a command sergeant major on leave from the Massachusetts National Guard, has led efforts to search for the missing teen.

This week, Kittredge announced the launch of a website,, that provides information about the case; a $1,000 reward is being offered for help in locating Arvidson.

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Family of missing Vermont teen Marble Arvidson asking volunteers to hike for a cause this weekend

Published: Friday, September 16, 2011, 3:30 AM   

Updated: Friday, September 16, 2011, 5:56 AM

By Robert Rizzuto, The Republican

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont - With hopes of enticing someone to come forward with information, family and friends of Marble Arvidson, a missing 17-year-old from West Brattleboro, Vt., have put up $1,000 reward.

"Somebody knows what happened that Saturday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. when he left the house," said Pat Cataldo, a friend of the family. "In the name of common decency, just let someone know what's going on. This kid didn't just drop off the face of the planet."

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Endangered Missing


DOB:  Jun 14, 1994

Missing:  Aug 27, 2011

Age at time of disappearance: 17

Sex:  Male

Race:  White

Hair:  Blonde

Eyes:  Blue

Height:  6'2" (188 cm)

Weight:  165 lbs (75 kg)

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United States


Both photos shown are of Marble. He was last seen on August 27, 2011. He may go by the nickname Marb.


National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)


Brattleboro Police Department (Vermont) 1-802-257-7950

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Brattleboro Teenager Still Missing After Three Weeks

Friday, 09/16/11 5:50pm

Susan Keese

(Host) Volunteer search parties will be combing the woods around Hogback Mountain in Marlboro this weekend. They're hoping for clues pointing to the whereabouts of a missing Brattleboro high school senior.

Marble "Ace" Arvidson hasn't been seen since the Saturday before Tropical Storm Irene.

VPR's Susan Keese has more.

(Keese) Marble Arvidson left his home in West Brattleboro on the afternoon of August 27.

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No clues or leads to Vt. teen’s whereabouts


Posted: 09/23/2011 11:10:34 PM EDT

Friday September 23, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- Friends and family of 17-year-old Marble Arvidson, who has been missing since the day before Tropical Storm Irene hit the area, held a press conference asking anyone with information to step forward.

With tears welling up in her eyes, Marble’s aunt, Trish Kittredge said the purpose of addressing the media was simple, "my nephew is missing and we need to find him."

For weeks now Kittredge, a sergeant major on leave with the Massachusetts Army National Guard, has been orchestrating search parties in and around Marble’s last known location. Last weekend about 100 people met with Kittredge prior to searching the area near his home in West Brattleboro.

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Family of missing teen to hold fundraising concert

By JOSH STILTS / Reformer Staff

Posted: 10/31/2011 03:00:00 AM EDT

Updated: 10/31/2011 06:52:26 AM EDT

BRATTLEBORO -- It's been more than two months since 17-year-old Marble Ace Arvidson went missing but his family and friends have refused to give up hope in finding him. Marble was last seen leaving his home along Marlboro Road in West Brattleboro on Aug. 27, the day before Tropical Storm Irene tore through Windham County.

He's described as a tall, lanky and athletic teen with shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing black slacks, a long-sleeve black shirt, black shoes and possibly a fedora-style black hat.

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Teen with ties to Franklin County still missing

Marble Arvidson disappeared on August 27th

Updated: Thursday, 17 Nov 2011, 4:57 PM EST

Published : Thursday, 17 Nov 2011, 4:52 PM EST

Ryan Walsh

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WWLP) - A teenager, who grew up in Franklin County, has been missing for more than two months. 

22News reporter Ryan Walsh spoke with a member of Marble Arvidson's family on Thursday.

Arvidson basically vanished from his Brattleboro, Vermont home on August 27; the day before Tropical Storm Irene.

His Aunt told 22News that a man came to Marble's home that day, where he was living with a mentor. 

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Inside a Case

The Marble Arvidson case

BY MEGAN JAMES [11.16.11]

When 17-year-old Marble Arvidson went missing the day before Tropical Storm Irene tore through southern Vermont, it was easy to imagine that the Brattleboro resident was stranded somewhere on the wrong side of a washed-out road. More than two months later, the floodwaters have receded. Roads and bridges have been mended. But Marble is still missing without a trace.

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2011: The Year in Arts

A year of catastrophe, compassion, loss, legacy and the irrepressible drives to create and carry on

By JON POTTER / Reformer Staff

Posted: 12/29/2011 03:00:00 AM EST

Updated: 12/29/2011 08:00:36 AM EST

Thursday December 29, 2011

BRATTLEBORO -- It's a story of resilience and resolve.


The arts community rallied for other important causes, too -- the Positively Charged Music Festival united people around Vermont's energy future; an event was held to help raise support for efforts to find missing teen Marble Arvidson; concerts and other events raised funds for the Windham County Heat Fund. Scores of other events helped local farmers, local environmental groups, local nonprofits, handicapped-accessibility programs, individuals in need and, of course, arts organizations themselves.

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A tough year for Brattleboro

By CHRIS GAROFOLO / Reformer Staff

Posted: 12/31/2011 03:00:00 AM EST


-- Seventeen-year-old Marble Arvidson disappeared Aug. 27 after leaving his Brattleboro home and heading toward the woods along Marlboro Road. He has not been seen since.

Family and friends have posted dozens of photographs of Arvidson with descriptions of what he was wearing when he vanished. A mobile command center was set up in West Brattleboro for search parties patrolling the area.

After two weeks, no concrete leads surfaced as police began searching his computer and phone records. Most recently, Arvidson has been featured on Comcast's Missing Kids On Demand and at the company's online website, which brings information about missing children to millions of consumers.

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Hurricane Irene's biggest mystery: Where is Marble Arvidson of Vermont?

Published: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 1:32 AM    Updated: Sunday, August 26, 2012, 1:39 AM

By The Associated Press


BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — It hadn't yet begun raining when a teenager named Marble Arvidson pinned a note to the door of his bedroom in a foster home, saying he'd be back in half an hour.

By the time he was reported missing the next day, police officers were overwhelmed by the deluge wrought by the remnants of Hurricane Irene, the state's worst natural disaster in generations.

And so, a year after that last Saturday in August, the friendly but guarded 17-year-old with long blond hair, a lanky build, an unpredictable temper and a penchant for black clothing remains missing in what may become Irene's most enduring mystery.

"I want to assume he just chose to leave and he's just somewhere else," said Dan Nichols, 18, a friend from the streets of Brattleboro. "He's most likely gone far, because lots of towns around here know about the situation. There are missing persons posters everywhere."

Did he get high at a favorite hangout, slip on a rock, get washed away in a raging stream? Did he commit suicide? Was he abducted and killed? Or did the near-adult cleverly decide the coming storm was a golden opportunity to slip out of his hardscrabble life and quietly build a new one?

Authorities and those closest to him simply don't know. They're left only with what little they know about a visitor to his door before he disappeared and the details of the life that led him to the red clapboard house at state Route 9 and Sunset Lake Road.

Marble's extended family is from western Massachusetts, but he was born in California. His mother, Sigrid Arvidson, thought the name would be whimsical and attention-getting.

"It's got that ring to it; it's a strong name and stuff," she said. "I loved marbles."

She and the boy moved back to Massachusetts when he was 1; she was escaping an abusive relationship and struggling with alcoholism.

Marble's great-grandparents raised him until he was 5 or 6; then he began spending time with his sober mother, eventually living with her again full-time. In 2001, she moved to a house in the country in Halifax, Vt., where she also found better schooling for Marble.

In early adolescence, the boy began working with a male mentor, meant to provide a role model he didn't have.

That lasted until he was 14, when an adolescent power struggle about cleaning his room and other restrictions on the life of the growing teenager erupted into violence. He took a splitting maul to the outside of the house, smashing the porch and parts of the foundation, causing about $3,000 in damage, his mother said.

Marble then went into traditional foster care. His third and final placement was the red house in West Brattleboro, a neighborhood in a town of about 7,500 in southeastern Vermont known for its hippie culture and left-wing politics.

Still in the custody of the Vermont Department of Children and Families, Marble lived with a mentor — a legal guardian in his 20s — along with another teenager and that teen's mentor.

He would hang out by the regional transportation center, situated near a stream called the Whetstone Brook. When last seen, he was about to enter his last year at Brattleboro Union High School, where he was making Bs and thinking about college.

"He did struggle with his emotions, he did struggle with his frustration and anger, and sometimes he needed outside help beyond what a family member or a mentor could give him, but I do believe those options were available to him and they were utilized," said his aunt Patricia Kittredge, of Belchertown, Mass., one of the top noncommissioned officers in the Massachusetts National Guard.

On Aug. 27, a Saturday, Irene was churning up the coast of the Carolinas on its way to New York City and New England.

Marble pinned a note to his bedroom door around 2 in the afternoon, saying he was "going to frolic with some friendly gremlins," and left the house with a man who appeared to be in his mid-20s, someone he knew, who might have been wearing a black baseball cap, two of his roommates later remembered.

An hour or so after Marble left, his girlfriend came looking for him, but he wasn't there. At first, people thought he was with friends.

Later that afternoon, it started to rain. The next day, Sunday, Vermont was dealing with a deluge that dropped more than 7 inches of rain onto the Green Mountains, upstream from Brattleboro.

"I think like many parents and people, you get a little nervous and you go, 'You know, he's probably over at a friend's house,'" Kittredge said. "Do I think that they probably should have taken it more seriously Saturday night? Yes, but I can understand why they didn't."

On Sunday, lots of calls were made to lots of his friends.

"'Hey, he still didn't come home. We can't find him,'" Kittredge said. "And this is in the middle of, we have no streets, we can't get anywhere, communication is down and everybody is overwhelmed."

Police say Marble was reported missing by his foster parent on Sunday.

The first thing police did was alert other agencies Marble was missing, Brattleboro Police Chief Eugene Wrinn said.

Officers met with the foster parent and others, but police were dealing with Irene, a tropical storm by the time it swept over Vermont.

"I think we put the efforts that we could and the resources that we could," Wrinn said.

Whole towns were isolated for days because of washed-out roads and bridges. Six people died, and damage was pegged at three-quarters of a billion dollars in a state with a total budget of about $5 billion. In Brattleboro, it was months before many downtown businesses reopened.

The house where Marble lived stayed on dry ground, but its direct route to town was cut for three days by the Whetstone Brook and another stream, which turned hay fields into raging torrents and inundated a mobile home park.

Kittredge, his mother, his girlfriend and others held news conferences asking for his return or for information, pleas that were later posted on YouTube. There's a website and a Facebook page. Fliers are posted throughout the region. A $2,500 reward is still untouched.

And police still haven't learned who knocked on the door.

"My sense is that whatever he went to do turned into something else, and he wasn't prepared for it," said his mother, who just moved to Lyons, Colo., with Marble's 15-year-old brother Soren to, as she put it, "give us a chance to heal."

Marble didn't take anything with him when he left. His bank account remains untouched. There are no electronic tendrils that could be used to track him. Extensive ground searches by people and dogs have turned up nothing.

"He admitted he smoked marijuana; is it possible that he went outside slipped and fell, hit his head and knocked himself unconscious and got washed away by the storm? Yeah, it's possible," Kittredge said. "Is it possible that he went outside to go for a walk and somebody stopped to pick him up and he thought it was a good idea and whoever it was, was a crazy person who abducted him? It's just odd that there is no trace."

Did he commit suicide, his remains washed away? Maybe, Kittredge said, but no one saw any warning signs.

There are darker, barely whispered rumors that Marble was feuding with people around town or that perhaps his marijuana use played a role in his disappearance. Wrinn, the police chief, said investigators have heard the talk.

The detective who first led the search for Marble has left the department. Wrinn said he has assigned two detectives to start from scratch. He's still hopeful Marble will be found alive.

Nichols, the friend, said he met Marble in school and they became friends.

"He was a real smart kid, always got good grades," he said. Belying his largely black wardrobe, he'd eagerly talk to almost anyone but never get too personal.

Nichols last saw Marble a couple of days before he disappeared. Like everyone else, he has heard rumors but doesn't know what happened to him.

"I don't think he wanted anyone to think that he was dead or injured," Nichols said. "He had people who cared about him, and he cared about people, too."

Marble's aunt and mother hope focusing attention on the case will prompt someone to come forward with information.

"His 18th birthday would have been June 14," Kittredge said. "There was this little part of me that went, if he had the ability and the audacity to go hide out until he turned 18, I would have hoped he would have turned up by now.

"I believe he is out there somewhere for sure. I don't necessarily have a strong feeling he is out there alive. I think it is possible, but I think it is remote."

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2 years later, still searching for Marble

By DOMENIC POLI / Reformer Staff

POSTED:   08/27/2013 03:00:00 AM EDT


BRATTLEBORO -- Marble Arvidson is missing -- but members of the community want him to know he certainly is not forgotten.


It has been exactly two years since the Brattleboro resident was last seen by his roommates and though social networking and multiple searches haven't yielded any answers, those close to him maintain hope he will be found safe.


Josh Steele, a community mentor at Youth Services, which Marble utilized, said his friend's disappearance has been devastating. He said Marble is a valuable piece of the community and everyone is waiting for him to come home.


"It's hugely traumatic, something you never want to deal with," Steele told the Reformer. "The bottom line is for the community as a whole, this is very traumatic. He is not forgotten about. People still think about him."


Marble, 17 years old at the time of his disappearance, was last seen by one of his roommates inside their home on Aug. 27, 2011, shortly before 2 p.m. It was the day before Tropical Storm Irene swept through the state.


The Reformer previously reported that Mike Zaransky, one of Marble's roommates, had left the previous day to spend the weekend with his girlfriend, Emma Mullen. Zaransky said he called and spoke to a fourth roommate, who stated Marble was doing fine. When he called the next day the other roommate said someone had knocked on the door, Marble answered it and their interaction seemed to be friendly.


The unknown man was described as about the same age as Marble and a little shorter.


Marble left a note on the door of his room stating he was going out for about a half-hour and would return around 2:15 p.m., Zaransky said.


Marble's aunt, Trish Kittredge, held a press conference in late August 2011, to rally supports in an effort to find her nephew. She also organized search parties in and around Marble's last known location and about 100 people scoured the area near Marble's home in West Brattleboro. A reward for any information that leads to finding Marble was increased to $2,500.


Kittredge told the Reformer on Monday there will soon be a new series of fliers posted to remind people of Marble's case and get the community more involved in finding him. She said there had been hope Marble, who had some family issues, would resurface on his 18th birthday, when he was officially an adult.


She said the situation is particularly puzzling because Marble did not take a jacket or any belongings with him and no money was ever withdrawn from his bank account.


"It's kind of like this black hole," she said, adding that her nephew had never attempted suicide or mentioned thinking about it. Kittredge said Marble's mother was not ready to talk to the media.


Det. Sgt. Paul Beebee of the Brattleboro Police initially handled the case but has since left the department. Brattleboro Police Chief Gene Wrinn said the investigation is now being handled by Det. Jonathan Griffus, who could not be reached for comment.


Wrinn told the Reformer that interviews are still being conducted with people who may have information about Marble, as recently as Monday, Aug. 19. He encourages anyone with a lead to go to the authorities.


"This is not a filed-away-and-forgotten case. We still have an investigation on going," he said. "We will follow any leads in the hope that we will eventually know exactly what happened."


In 2011, Beebee told the Reformer there had been reported sightings of someone looking like Marble throughout New England, in New York, as far south as Georgia and even in Berlin, Germany, but none were confirmed and each fell flat.


Marble has been described as tall, lanky and athletic, 6-foot-2-inches tall, 165 pounds, with shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen leaving his home along Marlboro Road in West Brattleboro wearing black slacks, a long-sleeve black shirt, black shoes and possibly a fedora-style black hat.


Anyone with information can contact the Brattleboro Police at 802-257-7946, send an e-mail to or visit People also can send information to the Facebook group "Find Marble."


Bob Lowery, the senior executive director of the missing children division at The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, said the agency has been dealing with Marble's case since being contacted by law enforcement in 2011. He said NCMEC has helped with image distribution (to get Marble's face out to the public), awareness and meeting any special needs of the BPD.


Though foul play has not been concluded, Lowery said Marble's dental records were collected from his dentist "in the case that Marble met an unfortunate fate." DNA samples have also been taken from Marble's aunt and mother. Lowery said full-time professionals will soon use forensic imaging to age a photo of Marble to what the young man would look like today.


Lowery said 30 years in law enforcement and four years with the NCMEC has taught him to always remain optimistic about missing persons cases.


"We've had children come home safely after a time a lot longer than two years," he said, adding that there are 3,500 to 4,000 missing children at any given time. "Someone out there has a piece of information about what happened to Marble -- and that information needs (to come out).


"It's tougher (now that is has been two years) but it is not impossible and we cannot let hope fade," he continued. "We don't stop looking, no matter how long it has been, until the child is physically found."


Steele said he worked closely with Marble and said a mysterious disappearance is more difficult to deal with than a death because there is no closure for loved ones. He also wants people to know what a wonderful and intelligent young man his friend is.


When asked what he would say to Marble if he was able to relay just one message to him, Steele responded, "What's up, man? I miss you and the community misses you."

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