In 1913, the sensation of the day in the John Doe investigation of the mysterious death of Willis Buffum was the disappearance of Mrs. Cynthia Buffum. She went out for a sleigh ride with Miss Stone, the supposed detective nurse, Sunday evening and she did not return. Her present whereabouts were not known to newspaper reporters who were watching the case in Little Valley. A sensational rumor was sent over a press wire to the effect that Mrs. Buffum had been arrested at Niagara Falls. This rumor was not verified, although strenuous efforts had been made to verify it. District Attorney Cole and Sheriff Dempsey were not apparently at all disturbed over the departure of Mrs. Buffum. Their indifference was lending color to the theory that they knew where she was.