Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Roy Frisch was last seen on March 22, 1934 in Reno, Nevada. Frisch told his mother and sisters that he was going to see a movie, left his Court Street home and vanished. He lived with his mother and sisters, Alice and Louisa at the time.
Roy Frisch grew up in Reno and was a veteran of World War I. He served as a Reno City Councilman and as the Washoe County Assessor before taking a job as the head cashier at George Wingfield’s Riverside Bank, the job he held at the time of his disappearance.
Frisch was to be the key government witness against William Graham and James McKay, but he vanished just before the first trial was set to begin. William Graham and James McKay are referred to as the overlords of the underworld in Reno in the 1930s. In 1933, they were indicted in a mail-fraud scheme that bilked investors out of thousands of dollars.
Frisch was described as a model citizen who didn’t drink alcohol, smoke or gamble.
In the days after Frisch disappeared, a reward of $2,000 was offered for information on his whereabouts. There was some speculation he had been bribed to skip town. Another theory was that he had suffered a bout of amnesia and couldn’t find his way home. Numerous abandoned mine shafts were searched to no avail. There was speculation that he had been taken to Lake Tahoe, weighted down and dumped in the lake.
Frisch was declared legally dead in 1943. In 1996, the Reno Police Department reopened the case.
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Reno Police Department
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