Monday, July 24, 2017

Mystery Monday: Arnold Archambeau and Ruby Brugier

It's Monday, which means it's time for another...



It was an exciting time for Arnold Archambeau and Ruby Brugier. He was 20, she was 17, and they were parents to an infant. Since they were still so young, they liked to drink and hang out with friends, which was exactly what they were doing on the evening of December 12, 1992.


Arnold and Ruby

Arnold was driving Ruby and her cousin Tracy home from a party that night when the car flipped and ended up in a ditch. After the accident, Tracy came in and out of consciousness. She remembers seeing Ruby in the car with her one minute and gone the next. She doesn't remember seeing Arnold at all. Finally, paramedics arrived to remove Tracy from the parked car. Arnold and Ruby were nowhere to be found.


Source: Unsolved.com


Three months later, a driver saw a body in the frozen ditch where the accident had occurred. The body was identified as Ruby's. Her glasses and shoes were missing, but she was fully clothed. Arnold's body was found about 15 feet away, submerged in water. His body wasn't as decomposed as Ruby's.



Just before the bodies were discovered, a witness reported seeing two men near the ditch. The men were never tracked down. A local resident also said he saw Arnold at a New Years Eve party. Was it possible one or both of the two survived the accident only to meet foul play later?

Or did they fall into the icy pond near the ditch and drown, only to be found once spring came and the water thawed?

21 comments:

  1. Another new one to me. Indeed very mysterious.

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  2. I think the latter is likely the case.

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    1. I think so, too! They swore they searched the area thoroughly, but how much do we trust that? I can't find pictures of the area. I really am curious how close that pond was to the ditch for the body to wash up there.

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  3. I have never heard of this. If they just died of their wounds, you would think the cops, paramedics etc... would have searched the area when they found the car and Tracy. Did the kid just spin out or did something happen to the car making it spin out? Who raised their child? Did the parents of the kids disapprove of the other or was their bad blood? It seems they were the prime targets and Tracy was not wanted at all. If they were decomposed...at what state and does that mean they were always in the elements or were placed there later? I have so many questions....

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    1. As do many people! I assume this is a case where police didn't release all the details and just closed it all up the easiest way possible.

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  4. Sounds to me like they probably suffered head injuries and/or became disoriented after the crash, as often happens. Wandered off in the dark, cold night. Tracy was the lucky one--trapped in the car but found before she froze. Living in north country--people often die wandering off (especially when inebriated) on freezing winter nights and bodies are often not found till spring thaw.

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    1. Yes, I'm assuming that's the most likely explanation. I'm guessing if the pond was frozen, they couldn't check to see if one of them had fallen in, so they just missed the two of them in there.

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  5. I also guess the latter of the two scenarios.

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  6. Hmmm...I agree with the general vote on the second option. Happy Monday!

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  7. Yes, probably wandered off drunk and weren't found until later. It's a sad story.

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. Very odd. I'm assuming they survived the crash and we possibly murdered later.

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  9. That is an odd one. Young drivers are such bad drivers though they will never admit it.

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  10. This makes for a chilling read.

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  11. Why did my mind go to aliens first?

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  12. Hi Steph - crumbs ... how do these things happen - this one is an anomaly ... really strange - not good ... cheers Hilary

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  13. Yikes! We will probably never know.

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  14. I agree with Rita but what a strange tale

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  15. That is definitely a strange one and so sad.

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  16. I'd say it's probably likely they were there the whole time and the cold preserved them. Maybe the area wasn't as well searched as they claimed and they didn't want to admit it.

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  17. So sad! I think they were drinking!

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