Mystery death of Thomasville patrolman remains closed


George Arnold Kemp was a Thomasville Police Officer in the early 1940s. He died mysteriously on Dec. 7, 1942. (Winston-Salem Journal / file photo)

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. — It’s been more than 70 years since the body of a Thomasville police officer was found at the bottom of an elevator shaft.

And The Winston-Salem Journal reports that the case of George Arnold Kemp is as cold today as it was in the days following his death in late 1942, as a seven-part series published in the Journal last month outlined.

But even though no new leads have developed, that doesn’t mean there isn’t at least a little interest in Kemp’s story.

“We haven’t gotten any calls or anything like that,” said Thomasville Detective Sgt. Brad Saintsing, the department’s public information officer, “but after reading about it in the paper, I went out and got the book.”

The book Saintsing referred to is “In Summons to the Past,” a 2011 historical crime novel by Davidson County resident Christopher Yarbrough, who wrote the nonfiction series for the Journal as a freelancer.

But while that book draws inspiration from the events surrounding Kemp’s death, the actual events don’t require dramatization.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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