Maternal Kin, Newspaper Articles, Virginia

They fear he met with foul play.

75 years ago today, this brief article appeared on the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Richmond Times Dispatch 8 22 1939

Richmond Times-Dispatch, 22 August 1939.

What the –?

My great-uncle J. Maxwell Allen survived this incident, but what in the world happened? (If anything.) I can’t find any foolw-up in newspaper archives, and no one in my family has ever mentioned the disappearance of Uncle Mac.