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OriginalJerseyGirl
03-04-2005, 12:46 AM
CBS 3: Couple Missing For Weeks (http://kyw.com/siteSearch/local_story_062104720.html)

Couple Missing For Weeks

Mar 3, 2005 9:46 am US/Eastern
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a couple whose families said disappeared more than a week ago.

Richard Petrone, 35, of South Philadelphia, and his girlfriend, Danielle Imbo, 34, of Mount Laurel, N.J., were last seen Feb. 19 as they got into Petrone’s truck on South Street after leaving the Abilene bar and restaurant, Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Joseph Fox said Wednesday.

Airport parking lots, bus facilities, railroad stations and hospitals have been searched and there has been no activity on either Petrone’s or Imbo’s credit cards or cell phones, Fox said.

Investigators also have not located Petrone’s black 2001 Dodge Dakota truck, with Pennsylvania tags YFH-2319.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

JrZyChris
03-07-2005, 02:52 PM
This is the last update I could find. Not to sound pessimistic but I'm wondering if they went off the road someplace and they just haven't been spotted yet? There are few different ways to get from Philly to South Jersey from what I remember, having lived in Philadelphia before. I wonder if anyone has scoured the possible routes? It's a huge task to cover the highways, woods, sidestreets inch by inch.

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/breaking_news/11058100.htm

P.S. How do I attach the link with my own title?

OriginalJerseyGirl
03-07-2005, 04:47 PM
Hi Chris.

Can you cut & paste the important details from the article? The link requires a registration.

Even though there are different ways to get from Philly to S. Jersey, the only ones I can think of don't pose that much of a danger, IMO. The entire highway area from Philly to S. Jersey is pretty developed & very heavily traveled so I'm not sure that that would be likely.

From the bar on South Street, they probably would have taken the Ben Franklin Bridge or maybe traveled I-95 North, connecting with the Betsy Ross Bridge. Actually, I don't know that the Walt Whitman Bridge is all that far either and I'm not familiar with that route at all. But the first two bridges I mentioned don't seem to pose much of a 'driving off the road' danger, and even if they did, I think someone would have spotted them by now.

JrZyChris
03-07-2005, 06:50 PM
Hi Chris.

Can you cut & paste the important details from the article? The link requires a registration.Hi There-

Here's the article. I must have registered back when I was reading up on Dodi Daughenbaugh - when I clicked it at work, it took me right there but now at home I had to log-in. Sorry about that!

Posted on Sat, Mar. 05, 2005
Couple's disappearance leaves families in turmoil

By SCOTT FLANDER

HOW CAN two people simply vanish off the face of the earth?

How is it possible that a couple in their 30s can leave a bar on South Street one night, and then just disappear?

For the last two weeks, the families and friends of Danielle Imbo and Rich Petrone have been struggling desperately to answer those questions.

But there are no answers. Just a mystery that is unbearable and unending.

"You feel like you're trapped," says Petrone's father, Richard. "Each day is the same. It's like you're in this awful dream, and you're caught in quicksand."

"Your emotions run wild," says John Ottobre, Imbo's brother. "You could sit there and speculate until you're blue in the face and make yourself crazy. But we don't have a lead, in either family."

As much as the families would hope it might be the case, they say there's no way the couple would have simply run off.

Both Imbo and Petrone, who had been dating for nearly a year, have stable, ordered lives, and children from previous relationships who, family members say, they would not have abandoned.

Imbo, 34, works for a mortgage company out of her home in Mount Laurel, N.J., so she can take care of her 2-year-old son.

Petrone, who's 35, works side-by-side with his father every day at the family bakery in Ardmore and recently moved to South Philadelphia to be near his 14-year-old daughter.

Ominously, the couple's cell phones have not been used in the last two weeks, and there has been no activity on their credit cards or in their bank accounts, the families say.

So what happened to the couple after they walked out of Abilene's bar and restaurant about 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19?

Police in Philadelphia and New Jersey - where the couple were apparently headed - have launched an intense investigation, checking financial records, interviewing family, friends and neighbors, even searching the banks of the Delaware River by helicopter.

"We haven't found anything to indicate foul play, but all of our options remain open," said Capt. Joseph O'Brien of the Philadelphia Police South Detective Division. "We have several areas that we're pursuing. But we're not close to reaching any conclusions."

Says Petrone: "I think basically the police are at square one."

Anthony Valentino and his wife, Michelle McLaughlin, were the last people known to have seen Imbo and Petrone. They were all at Abilene's, on South Street near 5th, having a couple of drinks and listening to a band.

"It was a normal kind of night," says Valentino, who has been friends with Petrone since they were 10-year-olds on a South Jersey hockey team. "We were sitting by the bar, and when they left we just hugged and said goodbye. That was the last time I saw them."

Petrone's father says the couple had planned to spend the night at Imbo's house in New Jersey.

No one knows whether they made it there. There has been no sign at all of the couple or of Petrone's pickup truck.

"We don't understand how this could happen on South Street, where there are hundreds of people and no one saw anything," Petrone said. "And they were driving all the way on highways, main roads. Where did they go?"

It wasn't until the next day that the families realized the couple were missing. Rich Petrone had planned to come back to his apartment on Snyder Avenue near 16th Street on Feb. 20 to watch the Daytona 500.

Imbo had an appointment at 11 Sunday morning at a Cherry Hill hair salon, Petrone said. She had planned to return home after that to do mortgage work.

Her 2-year-old son, Joseph Imbo III, had spent the night with her estranged husband, and they had arranged for the child to be returned home about 3:30 p.m.

Petrone's sister, Christine, is a longtime friend of Imbo, and works at the hair salon where Imbo was expected. But when Imbo didn't show up, and didn't answer her cell phone, Christine grew worried.

Meanwhile, Petrone's mother, Marge, had been trying to call her son. He wasn't picking up the phone at home or answering his cell phone, which had been turned off.

"That was odd, because he almost never shuts his phone off," says Petrone. About that time, Christine called to tell them she couldn't reach Imbo.

"That's when we really started to get concerned," said Petrone.

Although Imbo and Petrone had not dated long, they'd known each other since they were 15.

Imbo went to Cherry Hill High School East, and Rich and Christine Petrone went to Bishop Eustice Prep, but the two girls knew each other and were close friends. And Danielle got to know Rich Petrone as well.

"Danielle was always crazy about Rich in high school, but he was into hockey," Petrone's mother recalled. Years later, he said, "I didn't even know she liked me."

After high school, Imbo had several jobs before going to work for a mortgage company, her brother said.

She got married about three years ago, and until she became pregnant, was the lead singer in a pop-rock band, the Schoolboys, which played at local bars.

She was, her brother says, following in the footsteps of their father, John Ottobre - known throughout Philly and beyond as do-wop singer "Johnny October." Ottobre led the Philadelphia-based group the Four Dates, which gained national popularity in the 1950s.

Petrone had worked at his parents' Ardmore bakery, Viking Pastries, since he was young and after high school, decided to join the family business. He went to the Restaurant School and became a master at making wedding cakes. His speciality is a shaved-chocolate cake, says his mother.

He had a daughter, Angela. He and her mother never married, and when Angela was 3, she came to live with Petrone in the apartment over the family bakery. He raised her by himself, until about a year ago, when she went back to live with her mother.

It was around that time that Imbo and Petrone began dating.

"They met up again and they clicked," Petrone's mother said. "They were happy."

For the past two weeks, members of the two families and dozens of friends have done everything they can think of. They've scoured the South Street area again and again for Petrone's truck. They've put up posters in stores, pizza parlors and motels from Philadelphia to the Jersey shore.

They've handed out fliers to people leaving events at the Wachovia Center, they've searched garages at the trains station and airport - on foot - for any sign of the truck.

Through it all, the families have had to find some way to make it through the day.

Marge Petrone says it's very hard for 14-year-old Angela.

"I don't think it's real for her, but then she'll see a poster someplace. It's horrible."

And she said her husband is having a difficult time as well.

"Just the other day he said, 'I may have to sell the bakery. I don't know how I can do it without him there.' "

Says Richard Petrone: "Every day I wake up and I hope the phone's going to ring and Rich is going to say, 'Dad, you won't believe what happened and what we did.' But if you're realistic, you know in your gut that something is wrong. You don't ever want to rule out hope, but it's not a bright and sunny outlook."

Marge Petrone says she holds her son's Bobby Clarke hockey jersey and thinks of him.

"I still feel him," she says. "That's how I get through the day."

OriginalJerseyGirl
03-07-2005, 09:49 PM
Thanks so much, Chris. I feel so badly for their children, especially the 2 year-old who still needs his mommy so much.

Do you think it could have been a carjacking? If they would've taken the Walt Whitman, wouldn't that bring them to a really confusing bunch of roads? I can't remember, it's been so long. I worry that perhaps they got onto a road that hooked up with 5 other roads, and they took the wrong one, finding themselves in the middle of Camden. I'm not saying that people in Camden are all bad, not at all. But the crime rate, as you know, is very high. And it seems like there have been a lot of car-jackings lately.

Hmmm ... there's been a car-jacking story on the news over the past couple of days. I believe they said it was an older man driving his car. He was carjacked outside of an office building at Fellowship Road & forced to drive to an ATM. After that, they made him drive one of the highways here, (don't remember which), and had him get off at a specific exit. They made him get out of the car, and then they shot him. I believe that the news said that he's still in the hospital so this has to have been somewhat recent. So guess where all this happened? Here in Mt. Laurel. This is where Danielle also lives. Is it possible that they could even been car-jacked HERE in Mt. Laurel on their way to her house by these same guys? I hope Philly & Mt. Laurel police check it out. There are sketches of the suspects so hopefully they will catch them, and not find out that they harmed this couple as well. Since these events happened so close together, and one happened in Mt. Laurel, and the other is a woman who lives in Mt. Laurel, I wonder if there might be a connection?

Wow, I'm babbling. So sorry, I'm thinking through my keyboard!

IndyGal
03-08-2005, 01:34 AM
I posted this link on the missing forum also. A website has been set up for Danielle at

http://www.danielleimbo.com/

It has links to all of the local news sites where we can keep an eye on updates. At first I was wondering about the boyfriend that she was with, but after reading your article JrZyChris, it sounds like he is a good man. Thank you for posting this.

Here's hoping they are found safe & soon

OriginalJerseyGirl
03-08-2005, 07:54 AM
I went to the site that Indy provided and noticed this statement in the blog ...

"... Today has been crazy, yet amazing as well. Annette from www.netteradio.com (http://www.netteradio.com/) came to my rescue. She took over my mess of an attempt to start a blog and is redesigning it so that it is easier to follow and interactive as well. She is an Angel, Danielle and all her loved ones thank you soooooooo much Annette. Let’s also not forget her amazingly efficient network of fellow musicians who are pitching in as well. Especially Jannel Rap www.jannel.org (http://www.jannel.org/) who will be organizing a benefit concert for Danielle. Jannel’s sister Gina has been missing for over 4 years from Lincoln, NE, and she has 3 children growing up without her. She has started 2 non-profits in her sisters honor: GINA for missing persons and www.thewarriors.org (http://www.thewarriors.org/)"

************************************************** ***********

Is Jannel a friend of Danielle's, I wonder, or is she just a fellow musician reaching out? If she's a friend, it's very odd that her sister has been missing for 4 years and now her friend is missing. I guess it can happen but are missing people that common for one person to know 3 people from 2 incidents without a possible connection?

OriginalJerseyGirl
03-08-2005, 08:02 AM
She got married about three years ago, and until she became pregnant, was the lead singer in a pop-rock band, the Schoolboys, which played at local bars.

She was, her brother says, following in the footsteps of their father, John Ottobre - known throughout Philly and beyond as do-wop singer "Johnny October." Ottobre led the Philadelphia-based group the Four Dates, which gained national popularity in the 1950s.
I wonder if there could be any connection to her or her father's singing jobs.

dmvpenn
03-23-2005, 04:15 PM
Folks,

It is with much sadness that we are still in search of Richard Petrone Jr and Danielle Imbo. I am providing you with our web address in hopes that you can help me pass information along. http://www.richardanddanielle.com (http://www.richardanddanielle.com/)

I am new at this and not sure how it all works.
I am just trying to do my part for my cousins ( the petrone's) as they try to get there arms around this horrible situation. We do suspect foul play, but there is no evidence so we are at a deadlock with leads on finding them.

I also have an issue that I am hoping you can provide guidance on. We are getting a lot of folks who are close to the situation or not in some cases, that are making alot of commentary about the estranged husband. It there anything type of dialogue or language we should prohibit on the site?

Thanks,

dmv

OriginalJerseyGirl
04-15-2005, 07:46 AM
dmvpenn, how are things going?

I've seen some articles recently in the Burlington County Times & the Central Record. I see that the billboard is up, and that the story was on Greta on FOX News. Has anything positive come up as a result?

The one article mentioned that more searches will be done & more volunteers will be needed. Can you give me information on how I can help? If you need people to physically search, I can do that. If you guys just need some money for water, etc., for the searches, I can do that. Whatever you need. Please fill me in on anything I need to know to give you guys a hand. Feel free to pm me if you'd rather give the information that way. (ETA: I just visited the Web site & I have the information now on how to help so you don't need to take up your time to answer that.)

You are all on my mind every day.

OriginalJerseyGirl
04-18-2005, 11:25 AM
Just bumping this to let you know that I'm thinking of Richard & Danielle. I hope that something will break this case & bring them home soon.

OriginalJerseyGirl
04-18-2005, 11:50 AM
Groups plan separate searches for missing couple (phillyBurbs.com) (http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/104-04082005-473514.html)

"... There's some information coming forward - none that I'm at liberty to discuss," said Philadelphia police Sgt. Tim Cooney, a lead investigator in the case. "As far as locating Richard and Danielle, we're probably no closer than we were when we began..."

OriginalJerseyGirl
04-18-2005, 11:52 AM
Family organizing search party to seek missing couple (phillyBurbs.com) (http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-04062005-472578.html)

... A $25,000 award has been offered for information leading to the couple's whereabouts.

Anyone with information may call Philadelphia police at (215) 686-3013, the New Jersey State Police at (800) 709-7090, or the Citizens Crime Commission of Delaware Valley's anonymous tip line at (215) 546-TIPS...

OriginalJerseyGirl
04-26-2005, 04:30 PM
I haven't found anything about this case in days. I'm thinking of you.

wenchie
05-01-2005, 10:44 PM
Nothing new on this missing couple? I'm in Voorhees, close to Mt. Laurel. I've seen posters in WaWa stores, but haven't heard much on the news about it lately.

gatetrekker44
05-01-2005, 11:58 PM
on a regular basis-and have not seen any new info about Richard and Danielle.

Unfortunately, with the recent spate of child murders occurring, that's occupying a lot of the news coverage. And I also haven't seen any info about any more searches planned.

Anybody out there in the Philly area heard anything on the local news broadcasts lately?



Bring Maura home!

wenchie
05-02-2005, 01:22 AM
Someone mentioned perhaps getting lost when coming off the bridge into NJ. I think that would be close to impossible: although the roads split on to several different highways, all of them lead right into the area where she lives and there are signs everywhere.

Is there anyone suspected of perhaps being involved in abducting them?

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-02-2005, 07:57 AM
Anybody out there in the Philly area heard anything on the local news broadcasts lately?
No, nothing at all.

PoorPaulaNNJ
05-02-2005, 11:34 AM
I saw these posts yesterday, but today they are gone. They contain information that may help with finding these two people. Luckily, I copied them, and here they are. If they are in some way a violation of posting rules here, someone please let me know.
Thanks

Forget the car accident theory.They
have searched, by land,
air, water e/thing,
Did you hear the one
about.....the jealous
(soon to be) X husband?

His name is Joe Imbo,no
one knows what happened,
however, it is a fact,
that the X was threatening Richard
Petrone and Daniele,
for that matter. From
all accounts she was
afraid of him and changed the locks on
her residence several
times. I'm not pointing
fingers, just giving
solid FACTS.


We are all hoping for the
best possible outcome.
However, the problem with
the accident theory, is
the police don't know if
they ever crossed the
bridge from Philly to N.J. there's no evidence
of that. However, there is Highway I95,that can
take way North and as far
South to the tip of Florida. The police have
conducted searces by land,air, water, and came
up with nothing.

Once they left the bar
on South Street in Philly
they were never seen again. You have to understand. The area
from which they disappeared, is filled w.
hundreds of people,coming
and going. Especially on
a Saturday night and es-
pecially at the approx.
time they left..11:30P.M.

We know one thing for sure, both Richard and
Danielle were very family
oriented. Neither would
leave his or her child,
never. We continue to
pray for their well-being and ask all of you out
there to please do the
same

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-02-2005, 11:55 AM
I saw these posts yesterday, but today they are gone. They contain information that may help with finding these two people. Luckily, I copied them, and here they are. If they are in some way a violation of posting rules here, someone please let me know.
Who originally posted that?

KatherineQ
05-02-2005, 12:38 PM
So does this mean that Danielle Imbo is currently married, and she has this boyfriend Richard Petrone. She and Richard are now missing after going out on a date?

And Danielle's husband has not been completely checked out, as to his involvement in her disappearance?

That seems almost impossible to believe, doesn't it?


edited to add: she gave him their 20 month old baby for the weekend. How frightened, REALLY, was Danielle of Joe? Something doesn't add up here.

Prayers for their safe return - this one is confusing.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-03012005-456933.html

PoorPaulaNNJ
05-02-2005, 04:33 PM
JerseyGirl,

It was posted by user spring '82, but I don't see that name listed in members anymore.
I have heard similar things about this case from people who know BOTH of the missing individuals.
Something smells, and it needs to be out there.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-04-2005, 08:38 AM
Hi Katherine & Paula.

The story in a nutshell is that Danielle was best friends with Richard's sister when they were younger. I don't recall if her & Richard ever dated back then but Danielle eventually got married to Joe, and they had a baby. The two of them broke up, and her and Richard had been dating recently.
.
Apparently Joe had tried several times to reconcile with Danielle but she didn't seem to want to get back together. It seems that she also didn't want to continue a relationship with Richard either but didn't know how to break up with him because he was so nice to her, (according to statements allegedly made by some of her friends). She got to a spot where she wanted some time to just be by herself.

Danielle seems to have been loved by Richard's family. As mentioned earlier, she was best friends with his sister, and had known the family for quite some time. Richard's mother loved Danielle and I remember hearing her say something like "Richard would be so lucky to end up with Danielle". It has been stated that Danielle had dinner with Richard's mom before going out with Richard that evening.

Some people have alleged that Danielle was afraid of Joe. Someone in Richard's circle mentioned in a newspaper article that Richard & Joe had gotten into it over the phone a few times. Joe now claims that he never threatened Richard; that it was Richard who threatened him. Joe also claims that he only spoke to Richard a couple of times, (he may have even said that he only spoke to him once - I can't remember), while the Richard's mother allegedly told a newspaper reporter that Joe had called Richard many times.

Joe was apparently keeping his and Danielle's son for the night, and Danielle and Richard went to Abilene's on South Street in Philadelphia. They had a couple of drinks with friends, and haven't been seen since. (South Street is, indeed, usually pretty crowded on a Saturday night at that time. However, if it was cold or windy or rainy, there's a chance that there weren't many people around. South Street is much busier during spring & especially summer but in late fall and winter, the stores would most likely close early so you wouldn't have shoppers still lingering at that hour. Regardless, the likelihood of being abducted right off of South Street is very, very slim unless someone were to be in the back of your vehicle waiting for you. Does anyone remember where they parked?) Richard's SUV is also missing. They are both said to be family-oriented, and wouldn't willingly leave their children behind. There has been no activity on credit cards, ATM cards, or cell phones. Joe has since moved back into the home that he had previously shared with Danielle as husband and wife to care for their son.

I've read in an article a few weeks ago that Joe was not only with the baby that night but adult family members as well. I also remember reading that he passed a LD test. I don't know who administered the test or if his family members are providing an alibi but that seems to be where it stands at this point.

There has been no news for quite some time.

BTW, this is the story as gathered through media reports. I don't know anyone personally involved in this case. I am so desperately hoping that these families will have some answers soon.

KatherineQ
05-04-2005, 10:20 AM
Thanks Jerseygirl for all the details! It seems like I had read that the SUV was spotted (or somehow documented) on some road - like, counted at a toll road, or on video at a stopsign, something that indicated they were on a specific road that night after leaving the bar. When I read that, I couldn't tell whether that meant they were on the right path to be going home, or if they were going in the opposite direction - do you remember anything about that? It was unclear from the article what the significance of them being spotted on that road was.

Thanks again.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-04-2005, 10:24 AM
I actually hadn't heard about the vehicle being spotted anywhere. I search everyday for news but haven't come across anything. If you find out the details, please post them! I would love to hear something new! If you come across a street name and direction, I might be able to give you an idea of whether they were close to home, etc.

KatherineQ
05-04-2005, 10:52 AM
jerseygirl - I just did a check of several early articles, and I can't find a reference to their vehicle being spotted now, either. I think maybe it was a rumor and not something that actually was true, because it isn't on any of their three websites, either.

Prayers they are found.

Rachael
05-04-2005, 11:07 AM
I live in PA about 15 minutes outside of Philly and about 15 minutes from NJ and this is the first I heard of this case. I can't see this woman taking off and leaving her child (at least from what I read).

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-04-2005, 11:45 AM
I live in PA about 15 minutes outside of Philly and about 15 minutes from NJ and this is the first I heard of this case. I can't see this woman taking off and leaving her child (at least from what I read).
I live in the same town as Danielle, and I heard about this story on the news and in the papers early on. Unfortunately, as time goes on, there is less and less. I agree that Danielle probably wouldn't have voluntarily left her child. Something is very wrong. I don't believe that there was any type of accident. I don't know how to put this ... sadly, I think that this story concluded very shortly after it commenced. I think that it is just now a matter of putting the pieces together to bring this couple back home to their families.

Rachael
05-04-2005, 03:36 PM
I actually do not watch the local news or read local papers that often. It seems missing adult cases do not get the media attention that they should. Any missing person should get media attention.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-04-2005, 04:22 PM
I actually do not watch the local news or read local papers that often. It seems missing adult cases do not get the media attention that they should. Any missing person should get media attention.
I agree, especially in a case like this one. This wasn't one person disappearing; it was two. And with children at home and no activity on their accounts, more likely than not, something is seriously wrong.

PoorPaulaNNJ
05-04-2005, 10:53 PM
Missed Persons


cold case: Donna Valente realizes her cousin Richard Petrone and his girlfriend, Danielle Imbo, may have died after leaving Abilene in February, but she continues to search for clues.
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Holding out faint hope, friends and family search for a couple that vanished.

by Mike Newall

On Feb. 19, Richard Petrone and his girlfriend, Danielle Imbo, enjoyed a casual Saturday night of drinking at Abilene on South Street. The couple was joined by Petrone's childhood friend Anthony Valentino and his wife, Michelle. A pleasant night out, everybody was happy and laughing. There were no confrontations. No arguments. Just discussing music and telling stories from when Richie and Anthony were kids.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., Petrone and Imbo stood to leave. They said they had only a short walk to their car and were heading back to Imbo's home in Mount Laurel, N.J. Petrone hugged Valentino, said he'd talk to him tomorrow, and then he and Imbo walked into the cold night air, blending into the South Street crowd. They have not been seen or heard from since. The cops have no leads.

Donna Valente is a realist. She accepts that her cousin Richie is probably dead. But there is always hope, and on a recent warm Saturday morning, Valente led yet another search party for the missing couple.

"They are out there somewhere," she says in a tired voice while loading fliers and bottled water onto a folding table outside Abilene. "We won't stop until we bring them home."

Ostensibly, the aim of the day's search, which will travel to Pennsauken to comb some woods along the Delaware River, is to find a lead, any lead. Richard's black 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup, maybe. Or Danielle's cream-colored sweater. A washed-up license. A shoe. Something. Anything. But it's unlikely evidence will be found. Police have searched by land, air and sea from the Jersey Shore to Delaware County. They have found absolutely nothing.

Still, the search will keep the media's glare on the case. It has so far garnered a good amount of attention, including spots on America's Most Wanted, CNN and MSNBC, but as time slips away, so does interest and the chance of a random tip leading to a break in the case.

The couple's disappearance reads in the style of a one-hour TV police drama. Danielle's estranged husband, Joseph Imbo, allegedly made repeated threats against Petrone. And, just days before the disappearance, Danielle reportedly told Joseph Imbo and Petrone that she wanted space from both of them. Imbo says he has taken and passed a lie-detector test with the Mount Laurel Police Department, but since any results would be confidential, his assertion could not be verified.

"Right now anyone with any relationship to the subjects is being questioned and looked at," says Philadelphia Police Sgt. Tim Cooney of the South Detective Division, which has six officers working the case full time.

Two weeks ago, a psychic informed the Petrone family that Richie and Danielle's bodies were underneath the Walt Whitman Bridge. The psychic then called the Imbo family and told them Danielle was alive and trapped under the bridge in a freight car. Petrone left Danielle for dead, she said. The police conducted a search and found nothing.

"It was cruel," says Valente. "It freaked Danielle's family out. They thought she was alive and coming home."

On South Street, news crews film Valente and other volunteers as they pass out fliers and try to recruit people for the search party. Most passersby take the fliers, nod politely and keep walking, adding a step or two to their gait. One rheumy-eyed little man with broken teeth and gin on his breath mumbles after he's told the search is not a paying gig. A gray-haired man with a ponytail waves his hand haughtily and shouts, "The world is overpopulated enough already for Chrissakes."

Valente doesn't catch the man's invective but seems disappointed by the small amount of volunteers who have showed up. "We can't do this alone," she says, deflating her shoulders as a crowd of laughing, tattooed teenage boys push past. "We need help."

Petrone's friends stand outside Abilene and describe the missing couple to reporters. Petrone is a doting father to his 14-year-old daughter, Angela, and a lover of hockey, NASCAR and Bruce Springsteen. He and Imbo were dating for a year, although they have known each other since high school in Cherry Hill. Imbo, 34, is petite and pretty and sang in a rock cover band until her son was born two years ago. Petrone, 35, plans to take over the family bakery. Imbo has a lucrative job for a mortgage company. Nobody, including the police, think they abandoned their lives and ran off by themselves. And a random crime doesn't fit either.

"Normally in a random crime, we'd find some type of evidence," says Cooney. "However, there is nothing normal about this case."

The staging ground for the search is a pebble parking lot on the banks of the Delaware River about two miles north of the Ben Franklin Bridge. The group will fan out across the banks of the river in the chance that any evidence discarded in the river might have washed ashore. There are 12 volunteers now, and the news cameras have also made the trip. The early afternoon sun shines hot. A warm breeze blows off the river. A train steams by. Dogs bark. Soon, the group heads south along the train tracks. Recent rains have left the banks flooded and many of the entrances to the river are impassable. After three-quarters of a mile, a clearing leads to an expanse of small dunes surrounded by baby birch and oak trees. In the dunes lay the wrecks of abandoned cars, some still smoldering, but none are Petrone's.

Shortly after 3 p.m., volunteer Karol Anne Moscufo, a nurse from Burlington, N.J., inspects a small stretch of riverbank. The muddy trash- and bramble-filled water gently laps against the shore. The industrial skyline of the lower Northeast fills the horizon. Moscufo spots a bone floating in the tide. She calls over other volunteers, including Valente and Dave Swint, an off-duty cop from Willingboro, N.J., to inspect the find. It is too thin a bone to be human, they all agree, and is most likely the remains of a bird or cat.

The afternoon sun beats on, and soon the search party winds down.

"The possibilities of where they could be are endless," says Valente on the trek back to the car. "But we'll keep trying."

For information about upcoming searches go to www.richardpetrone.com (http://www.richardpetrone.com/) or www.danielleimbo.com (http://www.danielleimbo.com/). A $60,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the couple's safe return. Friends and police ask anybody with information about the case to call 215-546-TIPS

http://citypaper.net/articles/2005-04-14/cb.shtml

PoorPaulaNNJ
05-04-2005, 11:02 PM
March 25, 2005 — In the days before Danielle Imbo disappeared last month, she told both her boyfriend and her estranged husband that she wanted space from each of them.




Since Imbo and her boyfriend, Richard Petrone Jr., both 34-year-olds with children, went missing after drinks at a Philadelphia bar on Feb. 19, police have been confounded by the disappearance.

In interviews this week with The Associated Press, a picture emerged of her as a deeply conflicted woman and of both Petrone and Joseph Imbo Jr. as scorned men.

"I hate to say this because I won't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but she didn't want to be with either of them," said Dawn DeSimone, who has been a friend of Danielle Imbo's since they met at Cherry East High School nearly 20 years ago.

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Tim Cooney said he is aware of the entangled relationships.

"We would be negligent if we didn't" investigate whether either of the men may be behind the disappearance, Cooney said. But police have not named or ruled out any suspects in the case.

Joseph Imbo Jr. said he took a police lie-detector test - and passed. Imbo Jr. said that in March 2004, he moved out of the Mount Laurel home he shared with his wife and their son, Joseph Imbo III, who was then 8 months old. He became involved with a woman he had met on a trip to the Super Bowl in Houston a little over a month earlier.

By May, Danielle Imbo was dating Petrone, the brother of one of her longtime friends. He had moved from Ardmore to South Philadelphia to be closer to his teenage daughter, worked long hours in his family's pastry shop and sometimes traveled to see NASCAR races.

The never-married Petrone's feelings for Imbo were stronger than her feelings for him, friends said. "My son would have been very, very lucky to end up with her," said Petrone's mother, Marge. "It was my dream to see them end up together."

But that was never Imbo's dream, two of her friends said. "'He's a really great guy, but a little rough around the edges.' That was her line to me," said Jeanette DeAngelo, Danielle Imbo's friend.

Petrone gave Imbo space when she asked for it, friends and family say, but she didn't have the heart to end their relationship because he was so kind to her and she did not want to hurt him.

Joseph Imbo Jr. said he did not like his wife dating the other man but he and others said the two never met in person, but they did talk on the phone.

Marge Petrone said Joseph Imbo Jr. called her son many times and made threats. Imbo, 33, gives a different account.

"Rich and I had some conversations on the phone two or three times," said Joseph Imbo Jr., who works for Cendant Mortgage in Mount Laurel. "Rich more threatened me than I threatened him."

Even as the Imbos' divorce was pending, Joseph Imbo Jr. and his wife initiated reconciliation efforts. But they never stuck.

In January, he moved briefly to Georgia to be with the woman he had met a year earlier. He returned after just 10 days to try again to win back his wife.

After that Danielle Imbo seemed very stressed, said DeSimone, who sometimes stayed at Imbo's home. The already thin woman kept getting thinner. After she put her son to bed, she would sit on her couch nervously chain-smoking.

By the middle of February, she decided what to do about the two men.

"Danielle called me the Wednesday before she disappeared," Joseph Imbo Jr. said. "She said, 'I want you to know that I'm no longer seeing Rich.' ... She said, 'I want to be by myself now."'

DeAngelo, who met Danielle Imbo when both worked at an Atlantic City casino in the late 1980s, said her friend had a clearer resolve around the time she tried to loosen her ties to the two men.

"She set a goal for herself to really save some money so she could get out of the condo and get a bigger place for her and her son," DeAngelo said.

Danielle Imbo, formerly a singer in a southern New Jersey rock band, was working for Cendant Mortgage out of her home so she could care for her son. She wanted her son and husband to have a close relationship, even when she did not want to reconcile with the man, friends said.

The afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 19, Joseph Imbo Jr. picked up the toddler for the weekend.

And that evening, Danielle Imbo had dinner with her mother and Petrone's mother and sister at a sports bar in South Philadelphia. Afterward, she met up with Richard Petrone Jr. and two of his friends for a few drinks at Abilene, a restaurant and bar on South Street, a center of nightlife in the city.

It surprised DeAngelo that Imbo would have gone to see Petrone after a phone conversation they had the day on Feb. 18. "She told me she was staying home all weekend," her friend said.

Petrone and Imbo left about the bar about 15 minutes before midnight. Their path from there disappears. Their cell phones, credit cards and bank accounts have not been used and Petrone's big Dodge pickup has not been located.

The searches have gone from Philadelphia to the New Jersey Shore. Sgt. Cooney said Friday that the search has widened in the last few days, but he would not say how.

Joseph Imbo Jr. has returned to the home he and his wife had shared. He is now living there and taking care of their son.

Relatives have appeared on national television asking for help and touting a reward, which now stands at more than $50,000. The family and friends have been careful, including in interviews for this article, not to blame anyone specific for the disappearance. "The Petrones are not pointing fingers in any direction," said Craig Mitnick, a lawyer working for the family. "They are just praying and hoping that law enforcement follows every possible lead."
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/news/032505_nw_missingpair.html

PoorPaulaNNJ
05-04-2005, 11:10 PM
Link to interview on Nancy Grace show.

http://www.richardpetrone.com/files/ngrace.wmv

Rachael
05-05-2005, 11:40 AM
This case is very interesting to me now especially since it's so close to my home. They say the husband was in Tom's River, NJ staying with his parents with his son. Tom's River is at the very least an hour or more away from Philly (maybe even closer to two hours). Would it be possible for him to put the baby to bed and slip out of the house without being noticed? He would have had to be gone for a least a 2-4 hours. I also wonder if the boyfriend (Richard) could have done something to Danielle (even by accident) and then took off. I hope that's not the case of course. I feel bad for the family especially after watching that clip from Nancy Grace.

Rachael
05-06-2005, 11:19 PM
I have read that the break-up between Richard and Danielle was reported by a friend. Since they were out on a date that night that info may not be true. How long were Danielle and her husband estranged? I also read that the husband left Danielle for a woman he met at the superbowl. Was it this year (Superbowl is at the end of January) or last year? I don't know how true any of it is.. just wondering.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-07-2005, 09:50 AM
Well, from what I've read & heard, Danielle finally realized that she just needed some time to be by herself. There are stories of Joe threating Rich, Rich threatening Joe, phone calls being made, Danielle & Joe trying to reconcile unsuccessfully a couple of times. Anyone who's ever been in that situation realizes that it gets old quick. I think that Danielle was probably a bit conflicted. Joe is her baby's father; Richard has always been very kind to her ... both have good reasons for Danielle to want to be with them. But it seems like it was probably a conflicted situation, probably fairly stressful, perhaps guilt feelings for Danielle, and she finally made what was probably the right choice - to just take some time to be by herself, and maybe evaluate things. The fact that she was out with Richard that night doesn't necessarily mean that they were still dating. They have known each other for a very long time. So perhaps they just went out as friends. Perhaps the one wanted to get together with the other to talk. Maybe after leaving Abilene's, they went somewhere to talk. In Philly, we've all done that - gone somewhere to park to talk or argue or what have you. A common area used to be near the airport in South Philly. Also a lot of spots along the river.

In any case, here is part of the time line as I understand it.

March 2004 - Joe Imbo moved out of the house he shared with Danielle. He became involved shortly thereafter with a woman that he had met at the Superbowl a little over a month earlier (in Feb. 2004).

May 2004 - Danielle began dating Richard.

Attempts were made between Joe & Danielle for reconciliation but it never worked out.

January 2005 - Joe Imbo moved to Georgia to be with the woman he had met at the Superbowl the year before. But after only ten days, he returned to try to reconcile with Danielle again.

February-ish 2005 - It is reported that Danielle made the decision to spend some time by herself. I don't know how long after making this decision she told the men.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-07-2005, 09:57 AM
Link to interview on Nancy Grace show.

http://www.richardpetrone.com/files/ngrace.wmv
Thanks for this great link. As was mentioned above, Tom's River to Philadelphia is quite a distance. To go there, do something (and well enough that nothing has been discovered after two months), and return to Tom's River without being noticed - it seems impossible. And even if it is correct that the parents wouldn't "rat out" their son, in the link Paula gave us, someone mentions that there was also an off-duty police detective spending time with Joe Imbo that night. Does this make his alibi water-tight? Probably not. Yet somehow, I just don't get the feeling that Joe is directly involved. I could be wrong, and perhaps he is indirectly involved but based on what we know so far, it doesn't seem like Joe.

Unfortunately, if they were carjacked or God forbid, one of them did something to the other, they could have driven almost anywhere beforehand.

wenchie
05-07-2005, 10:42 AM
Does it sound like Petrone may have used some kind of ruse to get her out of the house to meet him at the bar?

This sounds very bad to me. Men don't usually call each other up when they're seeing the same woman - at least not at that age.

Do their mutual friends have any theories about what might have happened?

wenchie
05-07-2005, 03:07 PM
I'm sorry - I hadn't read the report above and didn't realize that she had gone to Philly to have dinner with her mother.

But I'm still confused. They are looking for his truck, not her car. Does this mean that her car was found parked on the street?


One report said that they were last seen on foot - and another one said that they were last seen in his truck.

ktanne1
05-07-2005, 10:18 PM
This case leaves me scratching my head! :confused:

JrZyChris
05-07-2005, 10:28 PM
This case leaves me scratching my head! :confused:
I don't know - since the very beginning there is a part of me that REALLY REALLY thinks they went off the road somewhere. I know this is probably NOT the case, but how do you explain two missing people AND a car? Usually the car turns up shortly after a person goes missing. Whatever the case, I hope something comes to surface soon for the poor families of these two.

wenchie
05-08-2005, 12:33 AM
I don't think there's any way they could have gone off the road - UNLESS they headed somewhere besides back to Jersey.

The entire highway from the bridge to Mt. Laurel is densely populated with businesses....and I'm sure that any short stretches that aren't have been thoroughly searched.

I've thought long and hard for if there's any way a car could go off the bridge and can't think of one. And...the river is very shallow there, as far as I know.

And...it looks like her car was left parked in Phila.? How did she get there in the first place? The news I read said that she "met" her mother in Phila., not that she went there with her - so she would have had to have driven there.

Why would she leave her car there and have him take her home? They must have been headed for somewhere else. Maybe parked in one of the parks somewhere to talk.....and were carjacked/kidnapped?

Rachael
05-08-2005, 12:39 AM
I can't imagine anyone kidnapping a man and a woman. I am sure it has happened before but it just doesn't seem all that likely. I also don't see many ways for a car to go over any of the bridges from PA to NJ (I have driven on all of them I believe) without their being damage to the bridge or without being seen by someone. I don't know how deep the Delaware River is but it is fairly long (from De to Philly). I know there used to be spots were you could park your car by the river at least in Delaware County but I am not sure about Philly or NJ.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-08-2005, 12:58 AM
I can't imagine anyone kidnapping a man and a woman. I am sure it has happened before but it just doesn't seem all that likely. I also don't see many ways for a car to go over any of the bridges from PA to NJ (I have driven on all of them I believe) without their being damage to the bridge or without being seen by someone. I don't know how deep the Delaware River is but it is fairly long (from De to Philly). I know there used to be spots were you could park your car by the river at least in Delaware County but I am not sure about Philly or NJ.
There would definitely be evidence of them going off the bridge, IMO. But there are plenty of spots all over Philly where they could have gone to talk. The Philadelphia International Airport is, (I believe), just beyond the South Philly (Broad Street?) exit on I-95, and there were many spots where we used to park when we were teens and young adults. The spots were fairly secluded, and you could lie on top of your car hood, and look up at the dark sky to watch the planes on their descents.

I don't see a problem with Danielle leaving her car in Philly. If her & Richard were going to go back to her place, she could have just gone with Richard, and he could take her to get her car the next morning. Where was her car parked? Did she drive herself to Abilene's or did she meet Richard somewhere, (at his mom's house or her mom's house)? I'm sure that there are details that we don't know. At least, I sure hope there are.

wenchie
05-08-2005, 01:04 AM
I just don't see why....if they were headed back to her house she wouldn't just go in her car and he in hers. Leaving a car on the street in downtown Philly overnight isn't a good idea, and in a garage it would be expensive.

I wonder if they've looked around the airport.....although, again: if they were just going to talk....her house wasn't really further than the airport, so why drive there?

The only reason someone would kidnap both a man and woman would be if it were a carjack and they didn't want anyone around to report it.

I don't want to speculate that he forced her to go somewhere with her....cause he is a victim too at this point.

I defintely don't think she would have left her car there if they were headed to her house, though. What a hassle...coming back in the morning for it, worrying about it being left overnight, paying for parking, etc.

It's all so very, very strange. The one thing I think everyone accepts is that they didn't voluntarily go off somewhere together and disappear on purpose.

Rachael
05-08-2005, 01:06 AM
If Danielle was drinking she probably would have left her car in Philly with the intention of retrieving it the next morning. I don't remember reading anything about her car being parked in Philly before these last few posts. Maybe her mother or someone picked her up with the intention of Richard driving her home that night. This case is very odd since there are two missing people instead of one. If she had been driving by herself back to NJ that night I could think of many things that could have happened but what could possibly have happened to a man and a woman driving from PA to NJ? Maybe they got into a car accident and their car went off the road and has been sitting in a ditch somewhere.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-08-2005, 01:09 AM
I defintely don't think she would have left her car there if they were headed to her house, though. What a hassle...coming back in the morning for it, worrying about it being left overnight, paying for parking, etc.
Has it been established that she drove her car into Philly that day or where her car was left? I don't find it at all unusual that she'd leave her car to drive with him. I've been in similar scenarios countless times.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-08-2005, 01:12 AM
If she had been driving by herself back to NJ that night I could think of many things that could have happened but what could possibly have happened to a man and a woman driving from PA to NJ? Maybe they got into a car accident and their car went off the road and has been sitting in a ditch somewhere.
But if they were coming straight from South Street to Mt. Laurel, I don't know if there are any ditches into which they could have driven, at least not without having been found by now. The road from there to here is VERY developed. I just can't see it. That doesn't mean that it's impossible but I don't think you could get yourself this lost between South Street & Mt. Laurel if you tried.

Rachael
05-08-2005, 01:20 AM
But if they were coming straight from South Street to Mt. Laurel, I don't know if there are any ditches into which they could have driven, at least not without having been found by now. The road from there to here is VERY developed. I just can't see it. That doesn't mean that it's impossible but I don't think you could get yourself this lost between South Street & Mt. Laurel if you tried.


I have driven into Mt.Laurel a few times so I know what you are talking about. It seems like a pretty busy road to me. Maybe they stopped somewhere for a bite to eat. The whole thing is very strange.

wenchie
05-08-2005, 02:07 AM
No, there really aren't any ditches.....and I'm sure the entire route has been gone over with a fine-toothed comb.

It's just so strange, and if they did just head back to her house, the whole area is so crowded that if something had happened, someone would have to have seen it.

Is there any evidence that he took her back to his place? That would make more sense in terms of her leaving her car behind.

It's scary to think that two people could just disappear like that. I live so close to Mt. Laurel and have a daughter Danielle's age - but that is not why this has caught my interest.

It's that there doesn't seem to be much more that can be done in the way of searching or trying to figure out where they went. It seems to be such a dead end - unless LE knows things they're not talking about.

Rachael
05-08-2005, 12:13 PM
It is really odd how all of these adults (and children) go missing without a trace. They just disappear off the face of the earth. I hope LE has some inside info that they are just not sharing at this point. I would hate to see two more families go on forever with no answers.

audrey77
05-08-2005, 12:13 PM
That doesn't mean that it's impossible but I don't think you could get yourself this lost between South Street & Mt. Laurel if you tried.

It's also very hard to drive into the Delaware River...
Unfortunately, it's free to go over the bridge going into Jersey. I bet the police have checked EZPass records (if they had a transponder) to see if they came back over any of the bridges through the tolls...

Was her car parked at a metered spot? Or in one of the garages? Does anyone know which street?

Rachael
05-08-2005, 12:16 PM
I usually take the Commodore Barry to NJ since I live closer to it. They do not need an EZpass or pay a toll to go into NJ just to return to PA on most bridges I believe.

wenchie
05-08-2005, 04:23 PM
Not sure - but I think that all traffic going both ways at the tollbooths is videoed. So - LE just might know if they ever crossed the bridge, but are laying low about it?


It is scary - and it seems like the news stories about it are dying down. Guess there's not much they can say if there's nothing new.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-08-2005, 10:29 PM
I usually take the Commodore Barry to NJ since I live closer to it. They do not need an EZpass or pay a toll to go into NJ just to return to PA on most bridges I believe.All five bridges close to me only collect tolls into PA; I have heard that all of the bridges are that way so you are right ... if they were coming back into Jersey from Philly, they wouldn't have had to stop at a toll booth. I suspect that wenchie is also correct that the traffic is videotaped. I don't know if every bridge does that but I noticed for the first time last summer that the Betsy Ross Bridge has quite a few cameras. I imagine that in post 9-11 America most large bridges might have video surveillance. If the Betsy's got it, I would think for sure that the Walt Whitman and especially the Ben Franklin do as well. And IMO, if they made it back to Jersey that night, they would have taken one of those 3 bridges.

Where have the searches been done? I know they searched in Philly in locations by the Delaware but I also heard that they were going to search in the Pine Barrens in Jersey. So I don't know if perhaps the police have shown their hand at all by searching in one state as opposed to the other? That could have been telling in terms of what they might know that we don't.

I can't believe how much time has passed. I really didn't think that it was going to be anywhere near this long when I first heard of this couple. Their poor children - they can't possibly understand something like this. :(

wenchie
05-09-2005, 12:51 AM
I'm still not clear on if they've verified if they went back to his place that night - (which would have made her leaving her car in town more sense).

If they're searching the Pine Barrens - that's a very bad sign! The Pine Barrens stretch from right past the Cherry Hill area to - Toms River (among other places). And it's a huge area, especially for someone who has 4WD.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-09-2005, 09:19 AM
I'm still not clear on if they've verified if they went back to his place that night - (which would have made her leaving her car in town more sense).

If they're searching the Pine Barrens - that's a very bad sign! The Pine Barrens stretch from right past the Cherry Hill area to - Toms River (among other places). And it's a huge area, especially for someone who has 4WD.
I thought that they were going to go back to HER place that night.

BTW, I think it was the family that decided to search sections of the Pine Barrens, not LE. I don't know what LE has searched or suggested.

Rachael
05-09-2005, 09:28 AM
I read that Richard's friends (the ones that they were out with the night they disappeared) said that Danielle was affectionate with Richard that night at the bar. And that his truck was parked fairly close to the bar. I don't know where all of this info about her car came from. Richard was supposed to be driving her home that night. Her car very well may have been at her house in NJ.

I also believe his family is the one that wants to search the Pine Barrens. They just want answers. How terrible!

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-09-2005, 09:46 AM
I read that Richard's friends (the ones that they were out with the night they disappeared) said that Danielle was affectionate with Richard that night at the bar. And that his truck was parked fairly close to the bar. I don't know where all of this info about her car came from. Richard was supposed to be driving her home that night. Her car very well may have been at her house in NJ.
You're right ... this is the only place where I've heard anything at all about her car.

As for Danielle being affectionate with Richard, I've never seen it said that she didn't like him. In fact, the reports make it seem as if she was well aware of how great he was to her. I never really got the impression that she wanted to break up with him because she didn't care about him but only because she needed a break from the stress. It seems like her husband was still interested in reconciling with her, and if he and Richard were arguing on the phone from time to time, I'm sure that she must have heard about it from one of them. So maybe she felt it was just better for everyone if she took a step back. That would explain why she still went out with Richard even if they were no longer "dating". Affection could still exist, and maybe she wasn't 100% sure that she didn't want to date Richard anymore. Maybe they were broken up, then she was affectionate with him at the bar, and he felt confused. Perhaps he said something like "Are we dating or are we not?", and they decided to drive somewhere to talk before going home. If that were the case, as we've said, they could be almost anywhere, and I wouldn't even know how to begin searching for them or for an outside perpetrator.

wenchie
05-09-2005, 11:07 AM
That's what I thought when I read about her saying she wanted some time for herself.

It's not uncommon for a woman (or a man) to say that they want some breathing room from a relationship(s) and then break that resolve shortly afterwards.

I've done it myself.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-09-2005, 11:22 AM
It's not uncommon for a woman (or a man) to say that they want some breathing room from a relationship(s) and then break that resolve shortly afterwards.

I've done it myself.
I've probably done it a dozen times! lol! Especially if you still kind of like the guy, and you still spend time together or run into each other. It's very hard to keep that resolve at times. And loneliness sets in quickly for some of us, especially when you have only a young child at home and you work from home ... it sometimes gets a bit overwhelming, and it's nice to just cuddle up with another adult human being at the end of the week.

wenchie
05-09-2005, 12:29 PM
That's what I was thinking. You're in your early 30's, your child is off with her dad for the weekend, and you're used to going out and having fun.

If you're single and under 50, you're not going to be satisfied with staying home and watching a movie.

I so wish there was something I could do to help. This doesn't seem to be being publicized much any more, especially outside of the local area.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-09-2005, 12:50 PM
I so wish there was something I could do to help. This doesn't seem to be being publicized much any more, especially outside of the local area.
Keep an eye on their Web site for any upcoming searches. If you see anything, let me know because I'd be willing to go help as well.

Rachael
05-09-2005, 02:01 PM
You're right ... this is the only place where I've heard anything at all about her car.

As for Danielle being affectionate with Richard, I've never seen it said that she didn't like him. In fact, the reports make it seem as if she was well aware of how great he was to her. I never really got the impression that she wanted to break up with him because she didn't care about him but only because she needed a break from the stress. It seems like her husband was still interested in reconciling with her, and if he and Richard were arguing on the phone from time to time, I'm sure that she must have heard about it from one of them. So maybe she felt it was just better for everyone if she took a step back. That would explain why she still went out with Richard even if they were no longer "dating". Affection could still exist, and maybe she wasn't 100% sure that she didn't want to date Richard anymore. Maybe they were broken up, then she was affectionate with him at the bar, and he felt confused. Perhaps he said something like "Are we dating or are we not?", and they decided to drive somewhere to talk before going home. If that were the case, as we've said, they could be almost anywhere, and I wouldn't even know how to begin searching for them or for an outside perpetrator.

I took some of her "friends" or "friend's" comments as if they were trying to imply that she wanted nothing to do with Richard. I just think if she wanted nothing to do with him she wouldn't have gone out with him that night or made plans for him to stay at her house that night. Maybe I read them wrong..lol
I wonder if they told his friends they were going right home that night?? Since they did not have their children that night there is always the possibility they decided to take a late night trip to the casino or somewhere. I have done that before when I was younger with my husband and a few of his friends. We went out for drinks and then decided around 10 to take a drive to AC. It was a last minute thing and I don't think we even told my MIL who was babysitting until we picked my son up the next morning.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-09-2005, 02:19 PM
We went out for drinks and then decided around 10 to take a drive to AC. It was a last minute thing and I don't think we even told my MIL who was babysitting until we picked my son up the next morning.That's a very good point. We used to do stuff like that too.

Were they going to "stay" at Danielle's that night? I know it was said that they were going back there but I don't know if Richard had been planning on staying over. I hadn't heard that.

About her friends, it's possible that her friends might have given her advice which she said she was going to follow, and then she missed him, and didn't tell her friends that she was going out with him that night because she was afraid of what they might say. I'm not explaining it well but I hope you know what I mean. In any case, I wouldn't necessarily take anything her friends say about her relationship with Richard 100% because for one reason or another, she went out with Richard that night. By all accounts of people that had seen her that evening, she seemed fine and not distressed.

Rachael
05-09-2005, 09:37 PM
About her friends, it's possible that her friends might have given her advice which she said she was going to follow, and then she missed him, and didn't tell her friends that she was going out with him that night because she was afraid of what they might say. I'm not explaining it well but I hope you know what I mean. In any case, I wouldn't necessarily take anything her friends say about her relationship with Richard 100% because for one reason or another, she went out with Richard that night. By all accounts of people that had seen her that evening, she seemed fine and not distressed.

I know exactly what you are saying. She may not have wanted to tell her friends because she probably didn't want to hear their opinions. I have been there before with my friends and I am glad I didn't take their advice. I have read that Richard was going back to her house in NJ that night and I assume he was planning on staying there and not driving back to Philly. At least that is the way I understood it.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-10-2005, 09:24 AM
It's funny how people interpret things different ways! :)

I did read that they were planning on going back to Danielle's but I figured that they were going to spend some time there, and that Richard was going to go home. Does Richard live in South Philly? Mt. Laurel and South Philly are so close that I assumed he'd be going back home that night. But I don't recall ever reading anything that mentioned it one way or the other beyond them saying that they were going to go back to her house at the end of the night.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-11-2005, 11:43 PM
KYW Newsradio 1060 - News (http://www.kyw1060.com/news_archives_detail.cfm?newsitemid=46033)

... Montecalvo says the reward is up to $75,000 now, but so far it hasn't borne fruit:

"There's no sign. And we're trying to pump the reward money out there so somebody who knows anytrhing can call us at 215-546-TIPS, anonymously for the whereabouts of these two individuals. We'll give them a code number, and just tell us where they are."

Bobbisangel
05-14-2005, 04:23 AM
I wonder if they could have given someone a ride.....someone that they ran into between the bar and his truck. I never pick up hitch hikers but some people do. If some guy asked if they could give him a ride they could have run into big trouble. It's also pretty easy to steal a license plate from another truck...remove the origional plate and put the stolen one on and drive the truck to who knows where. A person can switch license plates in different citys and probably not get caught for quite some time.

I just find it strange that the truck hasn't surfaced somewhere. My theory is probably way out there but anything is possible. Rich doesn't sound like a violent person, the husband seems to have a air tight alibi and the couple haven't shown up anywhere. It doesn't sound like they would have just taken off.

I sure hope they are found soon. This has to be pure hell for the families.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-14-2005, 07:40 AM
I wonder if they could have given someone a ride.....someone that they ran into between the bar and his truck. I never pick up hitch hikers but some people do.That's a plausible theory; one I hadn't really thought of. I'm tempted to say that it's highly unlikely since growing up in Philly, most of us, (although not mean-spirited in any way), tend to be fairly suspicious of people, and know better than to offer rides. South Street is also known to be an odd place; quite a blend of people there at times, some who frankly seem somewhat dangerous.

Yet, there are those that still do give rides to hitchhikers. And if it were to be a hitchhiker, that would explain why the police seem to be at a stand-still with this case. I hope that a break comes soon. This has been going on so ridiculously long for these poor families.

wenchie
05-17-2005, 01:05 AM
Nothing new on this? I haven't seen the papers in a few days. It seems like they've just given up?

smile22
05-17-2005, 02:52 PM
are there any known serial killers in the phillyarea?. my cousin lives in pa exton which is in chester county ( brandywine area). and i asked her if she heard anything about there disaperance and she did. shes about i think an hr or 2 away from philly. i asked her to be on the lookout for for trucks that look suspicus. what if they didnt intend to pick up anyone and they were stuck at a light no other cars or witness and someone car jacked them ?

Rachael
05-17-2005, 02:58 PM
I live about 20 minutes outside of Exton (and 20 minutes out of South Philly in the other direction). I haven't heard of any serial killers around here. I think whatever happened to them was random. I just wish the family could get some answers. For all anyone knows they could have gotten into an accident and the car went off the road in some remote area. It's just odd that both of their cellphones were off. I am sure that Danielle would leave hers on since she left her son with her ex.

rmutt
05-18-2005, 08:07 AM
Hi all, I am new to this forum.

Police say it is unlikely that it is a random act. It is all too perfect to be random. Usually random acts leave a mess behind and don't care about hiding bodies, cars etc. They have also reported that it is probably done by more than one person.

As for Wenchie's "Nothing new on this?" -- there actually is stuff going on. Family and friends are in the process of opening a fund for Richard's 14 year old daughter starting with a benefit concert probably in Philly, search efforts are being planned, and Christine, Richard's sister, was interviewed by the Phila Inquirer and should be out sometime this week.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-18-2005, 08:17 AM
Hi all, I am new to this forum.

Police say it is unlikely that it is a random act. It is all too perfect to be random. Usually random acts leave a mess behind and don't care about hiding bodies, cars etc. They have also reported that it is probably done by more than one person.Very good points; exactly what I was going to mention when reading the above posts. The only way I can see this being random is if they decided to take a drive, and were carjacked somewhere fairly far from home, possibly in a remote area where they might not be located for a while. Otherwise, I agree with what you've said above.

Thanks for updating us on this case, and WELCOME to WS! :) I hope you'll continue to post here.

Rachael
05-18-2005, 04:37 PM
Hi all, I am new to this forum.

Police say it is unlikely that it is a random act. It is all too perfect to be random. Usually random acts leave a mess behind and don't care about hiding bodies, cars etc. They have also reported that it is probably done by more than one person.

As for Wenchie's "Nothing new on this?" -- there actually is stuff going on. Family and friends are in the process of opening a fund for Richard's 14 year old daughter starting with a benefit concert probably in Philly, search efforts are being planned, and Christine, Richard's sister, was interviewed by the Phila Inquirer and should be out sometime this week.

I have read something about the trust fund. I thought it was for both children (Danielle's and Richard's). I just wish the family would get some answers. It must be really hard on Richard's daughter since she is old enough to realize what is going on.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-18-2005, 05:57 PM
It must be really hard on Richard's daughter since she is old enough to realize what is going on.
And amazingly frightening. I find stories like this to be frightening just hearing them on t.v., and this poor girl has to live the reality. I hope that she and the rest of the family will have the answers soon. I hold them in my heart and my prayers and think of them every day.

wenchie
05-18-2005, 11:25 PM
If it's unlikely to have been a random act, that would mean that they were specifically targeted. I'm wondering if there are any theories on who might have targeted them - and why.

I'll try my best to get to the concert, and I'd appreciate it if you'd post the info on it here when you get it. I don't normally read the Courier Post, etc.

rmutt
05-19-2005, 08:26 AM
It's THREE MONTHS TODAY since their disappearance. If anyone up there is listening, PLEASE we need guidance to find them.

The police say no one is a suspect but they are looking at everyone. That doesn't really mean much, though. Police reports say Danielle's estranged husband threatened Richard many times at work, and such threats were witnessed by Rich's co-workers.

The concert for now is on hold. The Petrone family has decided to postpone all benefits for now and to have a large one down the road. There is more info about it on www.richardanddanielle.com forum and www.richardpetrone.com site.

wenchie
05-19-2005, 03:30 PM
I'll be checking in here regularly.

wenchie
05-19-2005, 03:59 PM
P.S. Ever since I've heard the entire story I've been certain that this wasn't a random act. The only place they could have been carjacked was at South Street or on the way to the bridge - both crowded areas at that time on a Saturday night.

Once you get to the bridge it's open highway.

If someone had been following them, there really aren't any lonely stretches where they could have overtaken them.

Maybe someone called them on a cell and lured them somewhere?

rmutt
05-19-2005, 04:38 PM
... or waited until they parked at her place.

wenchie
05-19-2005, 06:30 PM
Depending on her neighborhood and how busy and lighted it is.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-19-2005, 06:55 PM
P.S. Ever since I've heard the entire story I've been certain that this wasn't a random act. The only place they could have been carjacked was at South Street or on the way to the bridge - both crowded areas at that time on a Saturday night.Except not necessarily in February. South Street and the surrounding area is very busy in nice weather but during colder or wetter times, it can be pretty deserted. February 19th was very cold:

Weather Underground: History (http://www.weatherunderground.com/history/airport/KPNE/2005/2/19/DailyHistory.html)

About 29 degrees between 10:54 and 11:54 P.M. I don't think there would have been many people on South Street in that temperature.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-19-2005, 07:00 PM
Depending on her neighborhood and how busy and lighted it is.
What complex is her house in? Mt. Laurel in general is not very busy at that time of night. But doesn't she live in a condo? I can't imagine that something could happen in a condo lot without someone noticing something. I wonder if surveillance video has captured their vehicle going over the bridge, (I think we pondered this before), or if it's been checked. It might be too late to check that now. In any case, a lot of the condo/townhouse developments over here have town watch. Not that nothing bad can happen, but it's something else to consider.

Rachael
05-20-2005, 01:50 PM
I am really hoping that LE knows something! I wouldn't want to see this case go on for years without the family getting some answers. It's not fair to their parents or their children. I just hope something turns up soon. These missing adult cases are so strange to me especially when the car is also missing (like Audrey Herron). Where are they? :waitasec:

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-20-2005, 02:23 PM
I don't know the family or any LE involved but I get the clear feeling that they have no idea what's happened. I hope that I'm wrong but it seems that if they disappeared between South Street and home, no one knew that anything was amiss until they never returned. They most likely made it to their vehicle and drove off. With no incident upon entering the car, and the car having never been found, it seems that all of the clues might lie with that car. Without it, what do they possibly have to go on? And it's making me crazy ... how have they still not located this vehicle? The only way that makes any sense to me is a car-jacking. The car could have been sold off for parts to a chop shop, and then it might never be found. But if that's the case then where on Earth are Richard and Danielle?

wenchie
05-20-2005, 02:27 PM
Although it would be impossible to drive off the bridge, there are places where a car could be intentionally driven into the water. And the Pine Barrens is a big, big area. Well over a million acres.

wenchie
05-23-2005, 02:46 AM
I can't post on the Courttv boards, because it won't let me log in. But - someone is saying over there that perhaps they had an accident down by the river before getting to the bridge, and that the truck is in the water there.

As far as I know, there is no way you could accidently plow into that river - it is just way, way too shallow, and you would have to be going at an impossible speed in order to get far enough out into it for it to even cover the top of a truck.

It's deep where it's dredged out - like, down near the old Riverfront Dinner Theatre - but haven't those areas already been searched?

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 09:58 AM
I can't post on the Courttv boards, because it won't let me log in. But - someone is saying over there that perhaps they had an accident down by the river before getting to the bridge, and that the truck is in the water there.

As far as I know, there is no way you could accidently plow into that river - it is just way, way too shallow, and you would have to be going at an impossible speed in order to get far enough out into it for it to even cover the top of a truck.

It's deep where it's dredged out - like, down near the old Riverfront Dinner Theatre - but haven't those areas already been searched?
I'm glad that people are talking about it but I think that without having first-hand knowledge of what certain areas look like, etc., it's really hard to theorize about routes. IMO, I don't even know how you could plunge into the river before getting to the bridge. I'm sure that there are some spots in Philly where it's easier to have that type of accident, but if they took any of the more obvious routes into NJ from South Street, I think that they would have to try pretty hard to get themselves into the river. I'm not sure of the depth - ships do pass through that river - but it seems like it would be unlikely that that could happen, and no one would have noticed something by now.

Rachael
05-23-2005, 10:20 AM
Although it would be impossible to drive off the bridge, there are places where a car could be intentionally driven into the water. And the Pine Barrens is a big, big area. Well over a million acres.


Pine barrens..is that mostly water or land? I know there are some swamp like areas when I drive to my aunt's house in Cherry Hill (on the sides of the highway). I am not too familiar with the Pine barrens though since I live in PA.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 10:48 AM
Pine barrens..is that mostly water or land? I know there are some swamp like areas when I drive to my aunt's house in Cherry Hill (on the sides of the highway). I am not too familiar with the Pine barrens though since I live in PA.The Pine Barrens is heavy forest. I believe that it is protected land, (at least some of it is. We know people that live in that region, and they aren't allowed to remove certain trees that they wanted to take down). I don't know how much water is there or how big those bodies of water are but I remember camping there, and washing up in a stream when I was about 10. As for any other bodies of water, I'm not too sure myself.

Here's a Web site I've found. It mentions canoeing so it sounds like there are fairly substantial bodies of water:

Pine Barrens of New Jersey (http://www.pineypower.com/)

Rachael
05-23-2005, 10:55 AM
I think there is more likely-hood that if the car is submerged somewhere it is in the Pine Barrens rather than Del. River. I think they should also investigate further up in North NJ possibly into NYC.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 11:02 AM
Here's a basic map of Penn's Landing and the general area around South Street.

P_Landing_Map (http://www.pennslandingcorp.com/pLANDING/P_Landing_Map.html)

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 11:05 AM
A more detailed map of the general area, including Camden, NJ across the riverfront.

AOL Image Search results for "penn's landing philadelphia" (http://aolsearch.aol.com/aol/imageDetails?invocationType=imageDetails&query=penn%27s+landing+philadelphia&img=http%3A%2F%2Fhotel.undercovertourist.com%2Fmap gfx%2Fphl_7_files%2Fimage_map.gif&site=)

Rachael
05-23-2005, 11:06 AM
I do not know of many spots in Philly where you can get close to the river in a truck. Now in Chester, PA there is a spot where you can park your car right along the river and possibly even be drive into the Delaware River. I am not sure if it's still like that now but it was years ago.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 11:10 AM
South Street Philadelphia Official Web Site (http://www.southstreet.com/ssp/component/option,com_mtree/task,listcats/cat_id,45/Itemid,40/)

Untitled Document (http://www.abileneonline.com/) (Abilene's Web site)

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 11:12 AM
Yahoo! Maps - Philadelphia, PA 19147-1532 (http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?addr=429+South+Street&csz=Philadelphia,PA+19147&country=)

I'm not sure if I'm just not seeing it but I don't see Mount Laurel on this map. In any case, Abilene's on South Street is located at the red star by the word Philadelphia, and they would have been traveling to Mount Laurel which is somewhere between Maple Shade and Marlton to the east.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 11:19 AM
Since I'm not sure where Danielle's condo is in Mount Laurel, I typed in an address of a local cafe that's in a fairly central location in Mount Laurel. These are the driving directions that Yahoo Maps gave me from South Street to Mt. Laurel:

Yahoo! Driving Directions - Philadelphia, PA to Mount Laurel, NJ (http://maps.yahoo.com/dd_result?newaddr=429+South+St&taddr=3131+Route+38+West&csz=Philadelphia%2C+PA+19147-1532&country=us&tcsz=Mount+Laurel%2C+NJ&tcountry=us&terr=3003)

I'm not positive, (maybe someone local can help me), but it appears that this would suggest using the Ben Franklin Bridge?

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 11:23 AM
Driving Directions from 429 South St, Philadelphia, PA to 3131 Route 38, Mount Laurel, NJ (http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&un=m&cl=EN&ct=NA&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=429+South+Street&1c=Philadelphia&1s=PA&1z=19147&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=3131+Route+38&2c=Mount+Laurel&2s=NJ&2z=08054)

Directions from MapQuest. I'm not good with Route names and numbers but if I'm envisioning this correctly in my head, the 5th Street merge that they're talking about takes you on to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. So it seems that if Danielle and Richard knew the area, it's most likely that they would have taken the Ben Franklin Bridge. The other two possibilities are Betsy Ross or Walt Whitman.

wenchie
05-23-2005, 04:09 PM
I don't believe that in the entire history of Philadelphia, there has ever been a case of someone accidently submerging their auto from one of the streets in that area. Beside the fact that none of the streets are that close - the water is so shallow that it just doesn't seem possible.

I know the Pine Barrens pretty well, and have done a lot of exploring and canoeing there. Most of the rivers are very shallow.

What I'm trying to say is that if that truck is submerged, it would have had to be planned ahead of time just where that would occur, and it would have been intentional, IMO.

It's also hard to imagine a carjacking in any of the areas from South Street to the bridge at 11:30 on a Saturday night without someone seeing or hearing something.

Is it true that her husband (or ex-husband) gave three different versions of where he was that night - and that he hasn't shown much concern about her whereabouts?

I don't want to cast asperions - I'd just like to know if this is true.

wenchie
05-23-2005, 04:14 PM
I was thinking of them yesterday when I drove through Center City and went over the Ben Franklin bridge.

It's not conceivable that someone could have picked up the speed anywhere in CC to plunge right into the river.

It just sounds more and more obvious that there was foul play involved.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 04:57 PM
What I'm trying to say is that if that truck is submerged, it would have had to be planned ahead of time just where that would occur, and it would have been intentional, IMO.

It's also hard to imagine a carjacking in any of the areas from South Street to the bridge at 11:30 on a Saturday night without someone seeing or hearing something.

Is it true that her husband (or ex-husband) gave three different versions of where he was that night - and that he hasn't shown much concern about her whereabouts?
I agree with your first paragraph completely. As a fellow local, I just don't see an accident of that type happening in this case.

As for a carjacking, there have been quite a few in recent months, and if I'm not mistaken, one just happened this past week in broad daylight. I don't know many of the details but I could do a Web search this evening if you'd like the info. I don't even remember what state it was, and since we get news for PA, NJ, and Delaware, it could be a long search! :)

I haven't heard the story about her husband's variety of stories. Unfortunately, lately I've heard nothing at all. Let us know if you come across any links.

Rachael
05-23-2005, 05:04 PM
Is it normal to carjack a car with two occupants (especially a man and a woman)?

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 05:10 PM
Is it normal to carjack a car with two occupants (especially a man and a woman)?
Good question. I imagine that if you want a car badly enough, you might, especially if you have a gun. What type of vehicle did they have again? And does anyone know how desireable a car of that type is?

I remember some of the details of the recent carjacking. I believe it was a couple and their baby(?). The father went into a store while the mother and child waited in the parking lot with the engine running. Someone jumped into the car and took off with them in the car.

wenchie
05-23-2005, 08:15 PM
I'm not sure if were supposed to post links to other boards here.

Do you know how to get to the courttv message boards?

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-23-2005, 09:02 PM
Do you know how to get to the courttv message boards?
No, I don't. You can pm me if you want.

wenchie
05-24-2005, 02:10 AM
I just pm'ed it to you. It's slipping to the bottom of the page there.

If you sign up for the board and I get my password straightened out, we can bump it back up again.

OriginalJerseyGirl
05-24-2005, 10:00 AM
I just pm'ed it to you. It's slipping to the bottom of the page there.

If you sign up for the board and I get my password straightened out, we can bump it back up again.
I will check it out later today. I have a lot of catching up to do today with errands and housework but I'll probably be able to get over there tonight. :)

Rachael
05-31-2005, 06:34 PM
Is there any updated news? I have checked out their message board a few times this week and haven't seen much.

PoorPaulaNNJ
06-04-2005, 02:19 AM
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The reward for information leading to the whereabouts of a missing Philadelphia-area couple grew today to $100,000, a spokesman for the Citizens' Crime Commission said.

Danielle Imbo, 34, and Richard Petrone, 35, were last seen by friends on Feb. 19 leaving Abilene, a South Street nightclub. The couple told the friends they were headed back to Imbo's home in Mount Laurel, N.J., but they never arrived there.

They were travelling in Petrone's black Dodge pickup, which is also missing.

Since then, police in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have searched for the couple by land, sea and air, covering an area from Tinicum, Delaware County, to the Jersey Shore. Tomorrow friends plan to distribute fliers at a mall on Staten Island in the search for the pair.

Both Imbo and Petrone have children from previous relationships: Imbo a 2-year-old son and Petrone a 14-year-old daughter. Relatives have said that neither would take off without checking in on their children.

The money has been posted by friends and relatives, the commission said.

Anyone with information about the missing couple is asked to call the Citizens' Crime Commission at 215-546-TIPS (215-546-8477).




http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/breaking_news/11807863.htm

Rachael
06-06-2005, 10:43 AM
New news story

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/11825055.htm

Couple missing almost 4 months


IF THERE'S a hell, this is what it must be like.

For 3 ½ months, the families of Danielle Imbo and Rich Petrone have been waiting for some sign.

That they're alive.

That they're dead.

Anything.

Instead, there's been nothing

Rich Petrone's family believes he's not coming back, and they are grieving.

Danielle Imbo's family can't see it that way. They haven't given up. "I really feel that if my sister were dead, I would feel it, my mother would feel it," said Ottobre. "Some type of evidence would show up, a body, an odor..


Read the whole article. It talks about the tension between the Imbo and Petrone families. Richard and Danielle had broken up a few weeks before the went missing. They missed each other and decided to get together that night. Danielle wanted to be on her own for a while. She was torn between her ex and Richard.

OriginalJerseyGirl
06-06-2005, 11:09 AM
New news story

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/11825055.htmThis part breaks my heart:

... Rich Petrone's family believes he's not coming back, and they are grieving.

"As much as I would want it to be different," said his father, Richard, "in my heart, and in my gut, and in my soul, I know my son's gone."

And he added: "Somebody decided, for some reason, they weren't going to see another sunrise..."

OriginalJerseyGirl
06-06-2005, 11:11 AM
New news story

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/11825055.htm... And this part concerns me:

About two weeks before the disappearance, Petrone and Danielle broke up again. Lavita said Danielle told her, "I think I should be alone..."

However Danielle Imbo felt about Rich Petrone, she definitely wanted to see him the night they disappeared, said Lavita and her mother. The three women had dinner together that night, with other friends, and Imbo said she was looking forward to seeing Petrone, they said.

"Rich called her and said he missed her," said Lavita. "He said let's get together, and she agreed..."

************************************************** *********

I wonder if this was the first time they had seen each other since the most recent break-up. I also wonder if they had maintained contact over the phone or if Richard called her out of the blue after they'd been apart for two weeks.

PoorPaulaNNJ
06-06-2005, 12:42 PM
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/11825055.htm

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A desperate search for answers


Couple missing almost 4 months

By SCOTT FLANDER

flander@phillynews.com (flander@phillynews.com)


IF THERE'S a hell, this is what it must be like.

For 3 ½ months, the families of Danielle Imbo and Rich Petrone have been waiting for some sign.

That they're alive.

That they're dead.

Anything.

Instead, there's been nothing.

"Not a lipstick, not a bag, not a shoe, not a car, not an eyewitness, not a tip," said Imbo's brother, John Ottobre. "Not anything."

It was on Feb. 19 that the pair left a bar on South Street and vanished into the night. Their families, their friends and the police don't believe they ran away. Everyone is all but certain that something terrible has happened to them. But what?

With nothing to hold onto, the families are left with unending grief, and stubborn hope.

And they have taken divergent paths.

THERE'S A REWARD!

The reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Danielle Imbo and Rich Petrone last week swelled to $100,000, when Petrone’s brother contributed $25,000
Anyone with information can call 215-546-TIPS. You do not have to give your name.

Petrone and Imbo were traveling in Petrone’s 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup (black on silver) with Pennsylvania license plate YFH 2319. The truck has a NASCAR #99 decal on the rear window.

You also can contribute to the reward fund. Send donations to to: Imbo-Petrone Reward Fund,
The Citizens Crime Commission,
1218 Chestnut St., Suite 406,
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Rich Petrone's family believes he's not coming back, and they are grieving.

"As much as I would want it to be different," said his father, Richard, "in my heart, and in my gut, and in my soul, I know my son's gone."

And he added: "Somebody decided, for some reason, they weren't going to see another sunrise."

Danielle Imbo's family can't see it that way. They haven't given up. "I really feel that if my sister were dead, I would feel it, my mother would feel it," said Ottobre. "Some type of evidence would show up, a body, an odor...

"The nothingness," he said, "is what gives me hope."

Danielle's estranged husband, Joe Imbo, says he believes he'll see her again.

"I can't look into my son's eyes and think she's not coming back," he says.

But the mystery has created its own demons. And the families are looking at each other with growing tension and suspicion.

Those who know the Petrones say the family wonders whether Joe Imbo might have had something to do with the couple's disappearance.

Those who know Joe Imbo say he wonders whether something in Rich Petrone's life may have caught up with him, or whether Petrone himself is responsible.

No one is making public accusations, but the Petrone and Imbo families aren't talking with each other anymore. Danielle's brother says he and his mother are caught in the middle.

"The words and animosity between Joe Imbo and the Petrones are not going to bring back my sister," said Ottobre. "And I feel it's a waste of energy."

Police, meanwhile, have drawn no conclusions. Because of Joe Imbo's estranged relationship with Danielle, and because Rich Petrone was with her that night, investigators have looked closely at both men, said Philadelphia Police Sgt. Tim Cooney, of the South Detective Division.

But there's nothing in the background of either man, he said, to suggest they were responsible for the couple's disappearance.

"Everybody's a subject of this investigation until the evidence proves otherwise," said Cooney. But he added, "No one's a suspect."

It would be hard to imagine a more puzzling mystery.

On the night of Feb. 19, a Saturday, Rich Petrone and Danielle Imbo met another couple for drinks at Abilene's bar and restaurant on South Street near 5th.

About 11:45 p.m. they hugged their friends and left, saying they were heading to Imbo's house in Mount Laurel, N.J.

And then they disappeared.

There's no indication they got to Danielle's house. But then, there's no indication of anything.

Police and family members say it's unlikely they just skipped town. Their cell phones have not been used, nor their credit cards. There's been no activity in their bank accounts.

Perhaps just as importantly, they're both devoted to their children from previous relationships, and never would have left them, family members say.

It would also be hard to imagine a more intensive police search. Police helicopters have scoured South Jersey, from the Delaware River to the shore. Cops on the ground seem to have covered every inch.

But there's been not the slightest sign of the couple or of Petrone's Dodge Dakota pickup.

Even a $75,000 reward - which Richard Petrone has just increased to $100,000 with his own money - has failed to shake loose any real information.

Said Cooney: "Every angle

we've looked at, every potential we've looked at, has come up negative so far."

For his part, Joe Imbo says he's tired of the suggestion that he might have had anything to do with the disappearance.

On the night Danielle and Rich disappeared, he said, he was in Toms River, N.J., with relatives. He slept there overnight and didn't return home until Sunday afternoon, he said.

Among the people he was with, he said, were his stepfather, a former New York City police officer, and his stepfather's son, a Dover Township, N.J., police detective. He said that after the couple's disappearance, police asked him to take a lie-detector test, and he readily agreed.

"I have nothing to hide," he said. Imbo says cops told him he passed the test.

Police, asked for comment, said they don't discuss the results of lie-detector tests. No one, said law-enforcement sources, has been cleared in the investigation.

Several days ago Imbo returned to the Mount Laurel Township police to discuss the results of the test with the state police, who had administered it.

At Imbo's request, Ottobre accompanied him to the station. Ottobre says he wasn't allowed to be present when police went over the results.

Said Ottobre: "Do I think Joe Imbo is responsible for the disappearance of my sister? No. But until the detectives tell me who's responsible, I would be doing my sister an injustice if I didn't keep an open mind."

Imbo will not directly say whether he believes the disappearance had something to do with Rich Petrone.

"I know I did nothing wrong," he said. "I know I had no involvement in this."

And if there wasn't an accident or a random act of violence - and he doesn't think there was - "What does that leave you with?" he asked.

The months leading up to the disappearance were an eventful time for Danielle Imbo.

In March 2004, her husband moved out of the house and they began taking steps toward divorce.

"Danielle and I were up and down at that time," Joe Imbo recalled. "We were having problems, we were arguing, we weren't communicating that much anymore."

A few months later, Danielle and Rich Petrone started dating. They had an on-again, off-again relationship. According to Petrone's sister, Christine Lavita, Joe Imbo repeatedly called Petrone and told him to stay away from his wife.

"He didn't want her, but he didn't want her to be with anyone else," Lavita said.

In the calls, Imbo repeatedly threatened Rich Petrone with physical violence, according to Lavita and Petrone's mother, Marge Petrone.

Just before Thanksgiving, Imbo called Rich Petrone at the family bakery, and threatened to go there with a baseball bat to kill him, said Lavita and Marge Petrone. Imbo denies ever threatening Petrone. He says Petrone was the one who threatened him. He says he had a tape-recording of the phone call to the bakery, which he gave to the police.

Imbo says he feels he has to defend himself against the suggestions being made by the Petrone family. He says he and his wife had made several attempts to reconcile and he did call Petrone "to tell him to get out of the picture."

"Why don't you back off until the divorce?" he said he told Petrone.

For months, Danielle Imbo wavered between Rich Petrone and Joe Imbo, said Lavita.

"Some days, she loved being with Richard; some days she wanted to go back to Joe," said Lavita. "She was conflicted like a normal person going through a divorce."

About two weeks before the disappearance, Petrone and Danielle broke up again. Lavita said Danielle told her, "I think I should be alone."

Imbo was still hoping to reconcile, he said. "In my heart of hearts I wanted to get back together, but it wasn't happening at that time."

However Danielle Imbo felt about Rich Petrone, she definitely wanted to see him the night they disappeared, said Lavita and her mother. The three women had dinner together that night, with other friends, and Imbo said she was looking forward to seeing Petrone, they said.

"Rich called her and said he missed her," said Lavita. "He said let's get together, and she agreed."

"She was crazy about him," Marge Petrone said. "I was with her that night."

Ottobre has a different take.

"Danielle told my mother and I that she wanted to concentrate on her son and her career, and she didn't want a relationship with either Joe or Richard."

audrey77
06-12-2005, 09:44 PM
The Ride the Ducks tour goes down South Street and to the river.... how does that vehicle go into the river? It goes in somewhere near race street... I guess near the Mob-friendly Rock Lobster (which is closed during the winter)?

http://www.ridetheducks.com/

Here's the map: map (http://www.phillyducks.com/ride.html)

OriginalJerseyGirl
06-13-2005, 08:43 AM
The Ride the Ducks tour goes down South Street and to the river.... how does that vehicle go into the river? It goes in somewhere near race street... I guess near the Mob-friendly Rock Lobster (which is closed during the winter)?

http://www.ridetheducks.com/

Here's the map: map (http://www.phillyducks.com/ride.html)I don't have the time to check out these links right now but I will later. Do you know off-hand if the Ride The Ducks tour operates at 11:30 P.M. in February? I don't recall ever seeing them out at night or in the winter but that doesn't mean that they aren't.

PoorPaulaNNJ
06-21-2005, 12:29 AM
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/news/06192005_crf_petrone_imbo.html

Richard Petrone, Sr./father: "They literally stepped through the doors of Abilene's and vanished into thin air."It has been four months of dread for two families. Thirty-five-year old Richard Petrone, Jr. and his girlfriend, 34-year-old Danielle Imbo disappeared February 19th. The couple was last seen leaving Abilene Bar on South Street around 11:45pm. Since then, there has been no sign of Richard's black 2001 Dodge pick-up truck. There has been no activity on any of their cell phones or credit cards. Police have searched land, air and water. Family members say Danielle would never stay away from her toddler son, nor would Richard abandon his 14-year-old daughter.
Richard Petrone, Sr./father: "I know my son well enough to know, I can't imagine anything on Earth keeping him away."Petrone's black DODGE Dakota truck has Pennsylvania tags YFH-2319. The truck has a Nascar number 99 decal on the back window. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the couple's whereabouts. You never have to give your name when you call the Citizens Crime Commission at (215) 546-TIPS.


Despite the best efforts to stay positive, the "not knowing" where they are makes it difficult, especially on Father's Day weekend, especially for a daughter wondering where is her dad. Richard Petrone, Sr./father: "She just woke up one day, her whole world changed, doesn't understand what really has happened."

cecilia
06-22-2005, 11:29 AM
Any chance they left the restaurant to go make a drug buy? I hate to suggest it, but what if some deal went bad?

Or maybe Imbo the husband might have hired someone else to make them disappear. That truck could've been in parts pretty quickly if the husband hired a carjacker type of criminal -- you'd think there would be evidence of the hub paying someone though for that kind of crime...

PoorPaulaNNJ
06-22-2005, 02:35 PM
Absolutely no way they left to make a drug buy. These two were responsible adults, and there has never been so much as a hint that they were drug users.

Rachael
07-07-2005, 12:25 AM
Any recent news on Richard and Dannielle?

dmvpenn
07-09-2005, 09:11 PM
Folks,

The Richard Petrone case is starting to lose media attention. The only time the local media wants to talk is if they can get a meeting with Richie's Mom or dad.

Since we have had no leads from the reward of 100k, we started to focus on moving building awarness in the scranton NY area. Any ideas on how I can jump start this to get Richie's face and the reward back in the forefront of peoples brians. There are so so many missing, it is hard to make everyone a priority I guess. Not sure why the police and feds aren't making more of a deal out of the fact the the estranged husband has not passed a lie detector test.

Not sure what else I can do here. If it was a professional hit, I am afraid to put myself out there. But I have to if I am going to keep Richie's name alive. :confused:

Meech
07-11-2005, 03:11 AM
Folks,

The Richard Petrone case is starting to lose media attention. The only time the local media wants to talk is if they can get a meeting with Richie's Mom or dad.

Since we have had no leads from the reward of 100k, we started to focus on moving building awarness in the scranton NY area. Any ideas on how I can jump start this to get Richie's face and the reward back in the forefront of peoples brians. There are so so many missing, it is hard to make everyone a priority I guess. Not sure why the police and feds aren't making more of a deal out of the fact the the estranged husband has not passed a lie detector test.

Not sure what else I can do here. If it was a professional hit, I am afraid to put myself out there. But I have to if I am going to keep Richie's name alive. :confused:

I apologize for not having an answer,pleading for help from the family.
May God sustain you through these difficult times and always.
Prayers For Richard Danielle & family

Blue Feather
07-11-2005, 12:10 PM
I don't post much..................but Richard & Danielle have been on my mind soo much..............where can they be............the only thing I can think of is, unfortunately............they are gone.............either in the river or an abandon bldg...........garage............somewhere close to where they were.
It's really soo hard to understand how grown people can go missing........and,
without a trace..............this really puzzles me...........does anyone know if the river was checked............how do things like this happen...........it really boggles the mind....................my prayers for the families & for their safe return...................

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-11-2005, 10:16 PM
Folks,

The Richard Petrone case is starting to lose media attention. The only time the local media wants to talk is if they can get a meeting with Richie's Mom or dad.

Since we have had no leads from the reward of 100k, we started to focus on moving building awarness in the scranton NY area. Any ideas on how I can jump start this to get Richie's face and the reward back in the forefront of peoples brians. There are so so many missing, it is hard to make everyone a priority I guess. Not sure why the police and feds aren't making more of a deal out of the fact the the estranged husband has not passed a lie detector test.

Not sure what else I can do here. If it was a professional hit, I am afraid to put myself out there. But I have to if I am going to keep Richie's name alive. :confused:dmvpenn, did Joe Imbo fail a lie detector test or has he simply not taken one?

Your mention of a "professional hit" sent chills down my spine. Is there any reason to believe that that may be the case?

I am so sorry, dmvpenn, that so much time has passed, and that there are still no answers. I had really believed that this was going to be resolved long ago. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know that we are all still here, thinking about Richie and Danielle, and hoping & praying for some news soon.

HettyWainsleuth
07-11-2005, 11:03 PM
Wenchie, you said no one could drive a car accidentally into the river in Philly.
Maybe, but who says they stayed in Philly. They might have gone to New Hope. Are you old enough to remember this? (Deaths of Jessica Savitch and Martin Fischbein)

************************************************** **

On the evening of Sunday, October 23, 1983, Savitch had a date with Martin Fischbein, Vice President of the New York Post. They drove from her apartment in New York City to the small village of New Hope, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. They drove home with Fischbein behind the wheel and Jessica in the back seat with her dog, Chewy. Either ignoring or not seeing the "No Vehicles" signs in the pouring rain, Fischbein drove out of the wrong exit and up the towpath of the old Delaware Canal. He veered too far to the left and the car went over the edge into the shallow water. The station wagon fell about 15 feet and landed upside-down, sinking into deep mud which sealed the doors shut, trapping the occupants inside as the water poured in. The wreck was discovered by a local resident at about 11:30 that night. Rescuers found Fischbein's body still strapped behind the wheel, and Jessica's and Chewy's in the rear. The bodies were taken to Doylestown Hospital for autopsies. The Bucks County coroner later ruled that both had died from asphyxiation (by drowning). He noted that Fischbein was apparently knocked unconscious in the wreck but Jessica was not, and had struggled to escape

dmvpenn
07-11-2005, 11:22 PM
I don't post much..................but Richard & Danielle have been on my mind soo much..............where can they be............the only thing I can think of is, unfortunately............they are gone.............either in the river or an abandon bldg...........garage............somewhere close to where they were.
It's really soo hard to understand how grown people can go missing........and,
without a trace..............this really puzzles me...........does anyone know if the river was checked............how do things like this happen...........it really boggles the mind....................my prayers for the families & for their safe return...................Blue Feather-
The river has been checked, so the police say..with sonar devises. I have personally headed serveral searches as well as over a dozen searches headed up my Rich's Friends. All resulted in not a shread of evidence. The authorties have stated that it appears that it was someone's intention to harm them.

It is a mystery to all of us. www.richardanddanielle.com (http://www.richardanddanielle.com) for more history

dmvpenn
07-11-2005, 11:28 PM
dmvpenn, did Joe Imbo fail a lie detector test or has he simply not taken one?

Your mention of a "professional hit" sent chills down my spine. Is there any reason to believe that that may be the case?

I am so sorry, dmvpenn, that so much time has passed, and that there are still no answers. I had really believed that this was going to be resolved long ago. My heart goes out to you and your family. Please know that we are all still here, thinking about Richie and Danielle, and hoping & praying for some news soon.
Hi Jersey girl-
Joe Imbo has not passed the lie detector test. And I would argue that her family and him to submit to a lie detector test by the feds too, not just mayberry RFD in mt laurel.

I cannot believe that he is not getting more hammered by all to sumbit to another just to remove himself from a person of interest status. Currently, he is not considered a suspect. How, I can't understand. There is a bread crumb trail as long as the day of his abuse to danielle and to Richard.

Lastly, yes, it has been mentioned tht this was a professional hit.

Thanks for your thoughts. Any suggestions from anyone on how to jump start this ... please let me know. I want to continue to push the authorities to considerations... but do they listen.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-11-2005, 11:36 PM
Hi Jersey girl-
Joe Imbo has not passed the lie detector test. And I would argue that her family and him to submit to a lie detector test by the feds too, not just mayberry RFD in mt laurel.Have the feds offered to administer a test to Joe?

I will think about what you're looking to do to get some media involvement in this. If I come up with anything, I'll let you know. In the meantime, I think that I'll post a link to this thread in a WS forum that's got a lot of dedicated sleuthers. Maybe some of them can read up on this and offer some advice. If nothing else, they will turn over every stone possible in an attempt to offer their help.

Meech
07-11-2005, 11:56 PM
Hi Jersey girl-
Joe Imbo has not passed the lie detector test. And I would argue that her family and him to submit to a lie detector test by the feds too, not just mayberry RFD in mt laurel.

I cannot believe that he is not getting more hammered by all to sumbit to another just to remove himself from a person of interest status. Currently, he is not considered a suspect. How, I can't understand. There is a bread crumb trail as long as the day of his abuse to danielle and to Richard.

Lastly, yes, it has been mentioned tht this was a professional hit.

Thanks for your thoughts. Any suggestions from anyone on how to jump start this ... please let me know. I want to continue to push the authorities to considerations... but do they listen.

This has been my gut feeling all along! A professional hit, after reading articles that Joe seem not to be association much with Danielle.

Rachael
07-12-2005, 12:03 AM
My only question with this is ...did Joe know that Danielle was meeting up with Richard that night? I didn't think it was planned very far in advance and she may not have even told Joe about it.

lauriej
07-12-2005, 03:26 AM
Have the feds offered to administer a test to Joe?

I will think about what you're looking to do to get some media involvement in this. If I come up with anything, I'll let you know. In the meantime, I think that I'll post a link to this thread in a WS forum that's got a lot of dedicated sleuthers. Maybe some of them can read up on this and offer some advice. If nothing else, they will turn over every stone possible in an attempt to offer their help.
..........thanks JG for the info on this case...............how bizarre!

...a 'clairvoyant', elizabeth joyce, offers her insight:

http://www.new-visions.com/



http://www.new-visions.com/danielle.jpg
Danielle was last seen on Saturday, February 19, 2005 leaving Abilene (a live music and restaurant venue) at 429 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

She is traveling with Richard Petrone, Jr 34, a resident of South Philadelphia, (NIC #M614738671)(Missing from PA). Danielle was last seen wearing a jacket, cream colored sweater, blue jeans and carrying a black purse. Danielle has a tattoo on her lower back of "flowers."

Danielle is 34 years old, 5'5", 117lbs. She is the mother of Joe Imbo, III, a 23 month old boy who now residing with his father, Joe.

http://www.new-visions.com/plate.jpg
She was last seen traveling with Richard Petrone in his vehicle, a 2001 black Dodge pickup truck bearing PA registration #YFH2319. Any further information, please contact Mount Laurel Twp Police Department at #856-234-1414 or NJSP Missing Persons Unit at #800-709-7090. It is my sense that Danielle has been abducted and is still alive. She may be in the Southwest area of the country. Please be on the lookout for her, especially in or around any State Park areas. I truly believe that she will be found very soon. Please join me and her family by sending prayers out for her safe return. She's coming home soon!

..............personally, i have bad feelings concerning joe imbo............at the very least he's a definite POI to me........
...did he really keep changing his story re: the night in question?
...WAS he babysitting the entire night? and if not.................where did he go ? what's his alibi?
...what IS his background?...as far as a 'professional hit'......has he been in prison? does he have "those" connections ?
...2 ADULTS go missing..................it's beyond highly suspicious...

Meech
07-12-2005, 10:38 AM
My only question with this is ...did Joe know that Danielle was meeting up with Richard that night? I didn't think it was planned very far in advance and she may not have even told Joe about it.

Article Here (http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/113-03272005-468525.html) March 27, 2005
[Quote]
Joseph Imbo Jr. said he did not like his wife dating the other man but he and others said the two never met in person, but they did talk on the phone.

Marge Petrone said Joseph Imbo Jr. called her son many times and made threats. Imbo, 33, gives a different account.

By the middle of February, she decided what to do about the two men.

"Danielle called me the Wednesday before she disappeared," Joseph Imbo Jr. said. "She said, 'I want you to know that I'm no longer seeing Rich.' ... She said, 'I want to be by myself now.' "

And that evening, Danielle Imbo had dinner with her mother and Petrone's mother and sister at a sports bar in South Philadelphia. Afterward, she met up with Richard Petrone Jr. and two of his friends for a few drinks at Abilene, a restaurant and bar on South Street, a center of nightlife in the city.

It surprised DeAngelo that Imbo would have gone to see Petrone after a phone conversation they had on Feb. 18. "She told me she was staying home all weekend," her friend said.[Quote]

dmvpenn
07-13-2005, 08:45 PM
Firstly, as a family member, I want to say that we have heard more iterations from pshyics then I care to explain. Personally, I have a dear friend who is a very gifted medium. He said that that they are BOTH DEAD. This notion that she is alive as created a lot of insanity that I wish would stop.

Secondly, Joe threathen Danielle and Rich up until the day they dissappeard. The day danielle dissppeared, Little Joe calld big Joe Rich. Joe went Bizzerk. As far as the alibi, a cover us is a cover up. And yes, we believe Joe found out Danielle was meeting Rich. And we also believe she was being followed by him or by someone else.

As for his background, he has connections to some very shady people and alike. Period end of discussions.

What I need is learn how to excert pressure on the febs to keep pressure. any thoughts.


..........thanks JG for the info on this case...............how bizarre!

...a 'clairvoyant', elizabeth joyce, offers her insight:

http://www.new-visions.com/



http://www.new-visions.com/danielle.jpg
Danielle was last seen on Saturday, February 19, 2005 leaving Abilene (a live music and restaurant venue) at 429 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

She is traveling with Richard Petrone, Jr 34, a resident of South Philadelphia, (NIC #M614738671)(Missing from PA). Danielle was last seen wearing a jacket, cream colored sweater, blue jeans and carrying a black purse. Danielle has a tattoo on her lower back of "flowers."

Danielle is 34 years old, 5'5", 117lbs. She is the mother of Joe Imbo, III, a 23 month old boy who now residing with his father, Joe.

http://www.new-visions.com/plate.jpg
She was last seen traveling with Richard Petrone in his vehicle, a 2001 black Dodge pickup truck bearing PA registration #YFH2319. Any further information, please contact Mount Laurel Twp Police Department at #856-234-1414 or NJSP Missing Persons Unit at #800-709-7090. It is my sense that Danielle has been abducted and is still alive. She may be in the Southwest area of the country. Please be on the lookout for her, especially in or around any State Park areas. I truly believe that she will be found very soon. Please join me and her family by sending prayers out for her safe return. She's coming home soon!

..............personally, i have bad feelings concerning joe imbo............at the very least he's a definite POI to me........
...did he really keep changing his story re: the night in question?
...WAS he babysitting the entire night? and if not.................where did he go ? what's his alibi?
...what IS his background?...as far as a 'professional hit'......has he been in prison? does he have "those" connections ?
...2 ADULTS go missing..................it's beyond highly suspicious...

dmvpenn
07-13-2005, 08:58 PM
PS if Danielle was abducted what the hell happened to my cousin Richard.

This psyhic is behaving very irresponsibly and should not be promoting this kind of information on her site for her own publicity. If she was worth her salt, she would have a specific location and surely would be able to lead us to a clue on where the truck is and offer some thought about what happened to Rich.

So sad.



..........thanks JG for the info on this case...............how bizarre!

...a 'clairvoyant', elizabeth joyce, offers her insight:

http://www.new-visions.com/



http://www.new-visions.com/danielle.jpg
Danielle was last seen on Saturday, February 19, 2005 leaving Abilene (a live music and restaurant venue) at 429 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147.

She is traveling with Richard Petrone, Jr 34, a resident of South Philadelphia, (NIC #M614738671)(Missing from PA). Danielle was last seen wearing a jacket, cream colored sweater, blue jeans and carrying a black purse. Danielle has a tattoo on her lower back of "flowers."

Danielle is 34 years old, 5'5", 117lbs. She is the mother of Joe Imbo, III, a 23 month old boy who now residing with his father, Joe.

http://www.new-visions.com/plate.jpg
She was last seen traveling with Richard Petrone in his vehicle, a 2001 black Dodge pickup truck bearing PA registration #YFH2319. Any further information, please contact Mount Laurel Twp Police Department at #856-234-1414 or NJSP Missing Persons Unit at #800-709-7090. It is my sense that Danielle has been abducted and is still alive. She may be in the Southwest area of the country. Please be on the lookout for her, especially in or around any State Park areas. I truly believe that she will be found very soon. Please join me and her family by sending prayers out for her safe return. She's coming home soon!

..............personally, i have bad feelings concerning joe imbo............at the very least he's a definite POI to me........
...did he really keep changing his story re: the night in question?
...WAS he babysitting the entire night? and if not.................where did he go ? what's his alibi?
...what IS his background?...as far as a 'professional hit'......has he been in prison? does he have "those" connections ?
...2 ADULTS go missing..................it's beyond highly suspicious...

Rachael
07-13-2005, 09:03 PM
PS if Danielle was abducted what the hell happened to my cousin Richard.

This psyhic is behaving very irresponsibly and should not be promoting this kind of information on her site for her own publicity. If she was worth her salt, she would have a specific location and surely would be able to lead us to a clue on where the truck is and offer some thought about what happened to Rich.

So said.


DMVPenn... I agree with what you are saying. I signed up for your board and I read it on a weekly basis. I really hope that your family gets some answers. My gut feeling is that someone did this to Richard and Danielle. I do not feel (as some people seem to) that Richard did anything to Danielle. I just wish they would look into her ex a little more. Prayers for you and your family and especially for Richard and Danielle's children!!!
I live in Delaware County, PA and honestly have not heard much about the case other than what we have discussed here on WS.

dmvpenn
07-13-2005, 09:57 PM
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Keep coming to my site. Feel free to chime in!


DMVPenn... I agree with what you are saying. I signed up for your board and I read it on a weekly basis. I really hope that your family gets some answers. My gut feeling is that someone did this to Richard and Danielle. I do not feel (as some people seem to) that Richard did anything to Danielle. I just wish they would look into her ex a little more. Prayers for you and your family and especially for Richard and Danielle's children!!!
I live in Delaware County, PA and honestly have not heard much about the case other than what we have discussed here on WS.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-13-2005, 10:12 PM
..........thanks JG for the info on this case...............how bizarre!Lauriej, thanks SO much for joining in here. You are one of the members I was hoping would come over after posting my plea on the Abaroa forum! Please continue to join us on this thread - your input is invaluable.

lauriej
07-14-2005, 03:51 AM
Firstly, as a family member, I want to say that we have heard more iterations from pshyics then I care to explain. Personally, I have a dear friend who is a very gifted medium. He said that that they are BOTH DEAD. This notion that she is alive as created a lot of insanity that I wish would stop.

Secondly, Joe threathen Danielle and Rich up until the day they dissappeard. The day danielle dissppeared, Little Joe calld big Joe Rich. Joe went Bizzerk. As far as the alibi, a cover us is a cover up. And yes, we believe Joe found out Danielle was meeting Rich. And we also believe she was being followed by him or by someone else.

As for his background, he has connections to some very shady people and alike. Period end of discussions.

What I need is learn how to excert pressure on the febs to keep pressure. any thoughts.
...dmv....i'd like to say that my prayers go out to you and your family..........i cannot imagine what you're going through..

..also........i only posted the 'clairvoyant' info as it was something that i just hit on doing a search..........

...i took a look at the 'missing' persons on the FBI site..
http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/kidnap/kidmiss.htm

............neither danielle nor richard are listed.................have you contacted your local FBI office to see if they will post that info ?
http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm

..."Air searches, water searches, land searches have been conducted and will continue to be conducted," said Sgt. Tim Cooney of the Philadelphia Police Department.
http://www.nbc10.com/news/4308476/detail.html
...we all need to send out an email to all of the media that initially covered the story...........asking for an update..........what IS LE doing at this point ?

...a couple of media email addresses that i found from the 'earlier' news articles..:

dcamilli@phillyBurbs.com (dcamilli@phillyBurbs.com)
tdougherty@phillynews.com

...i see America's Most Wanted did a segment:
http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/brief.cfm?id=30619

...hound the media....!....( JerseyGirl will confirm that it has worked on other forums when the case is at a standstill..............)

Even a $75,000 reward - which Richard Petrone has just increased to $100,000 with his own money - has failed to shake loose any real information.
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/11825055.htm

..........somebody, somewhere, knows something..............$100,000.00 might jog someone's memory!

ewwwinteresting
07-14-2005, 04:26 AM
...i took a look at the 'missing' persons on the FBI site..
http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/kidnap/kidmiss.htm

............neither danielle nor richard are listed.................have you contacted your local FBI office to see if they will post that info ?
http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm

I am wondering if they aren't on the FBI site is because there is no evidence of kidnapping? I haven't read all of the posts here but it seems there is no evidence of anything? I am glad a reward is being offered as, in most cases, money talks. However, uping the reward another $25,000.00 doesn't give me alot of hope that someone will say something now when they wouldn't have said for $75,000.00....but let's hope! I'll go back and read what I can to give ideas! Thanks JG for the heads up on this site.

smile22
07-14-2005, 08:57 AM
my gut feeling is tellin me limbo did something to his wife beacuse he couldnt stand the fact that she was seeing someone else... and to change his story constantly thats suspicion on my part... someone posted he passed the lie detector test? did they ask him if he hired a hit man cuz if they didnt and he did he prolly would have failed if he said no and did hire one. ( if he did something to them personaly wouldnt it show up on the test? thus me going into the hitman theory) im going to be in pa area next weekend for a while. visiting family who live an hr from philly if there is anything i can do let me know

dmvpenn
07-14-2005, 08:58 AM
thank you for your toughts. You are correct that there is no physical evidence of any kind. I am so sure by now that the car is an ashtray. And the fact that no one is coming forward to claim a 100k reward is puzzling. Indication of a randam crime or that the underground world is not snitching on each other just yet? :waitasec: I have my suspicions!

I also have great concerns that the FBI and police are not further exploring the relationship between IMBO and Danielles best friend Dawn. She went out of here way to cover her ass for being with Danielle two consective nights prior to her dissappearance. Dawn also has gone out of her way to advocate for Joe. ( they have illminated all that public stuff from her website) because I pushed back hard my concerns about Joe and her.

Some thing very very strange about all this when you start to get closer to the daily lives of this folks. And I feel that without the physical evidence the authorities are not pushing hard enough on motive and the elements that surrond their daily lives. But what do I know, I am only a greiving family member.:banghead:

I am wondering if they aren't on the FBI site is because there is no evidence of kidnapping? I haven't read all of the posts here but it seems there is no evidence of anything? I am glad a reward is being offered as, in most cases, money talks. However, uping the reward another $25,000.00 doesn't give me alot of hope that someone will say something now when they wouldn't have said for $75,000.00....but let's hope! I'll go back and read what I can to give ideas! Thanks JG for the heads up on this site.

PoorPaulaNNJ
07-14-2005, 11:44 AM
Firstly, as a family member, I want to say that we have heard more iterations from pshyics then I care to explain. Personally, I have a dear friend who is a very gifted medium. He said that that they are BOTH DEAD. This notion that she is alive as created a lot of insanity that I wish would stop.

Secondly, Joe threathen Danielle and Rich up until the day they dissappeard. The day danielle dissppeared, Little Joe calld big Joe Rich. Joe went Bizzerk. As far as the alibi, a cover us is a cover up. And yes, we believe Joe found out Danielle was meeting Rich. And we also believe she was being followed by him or by someone else.

As for his background, he has connections to some very shady people and alike. Period end of discussions.

What I need is learn how to excert pressure on the febs to keep pressure. any thoughts.

BIG CLUE HERE.........Your son, under the age of 2, calls you "Rich" instead of 'daddy,' and you go berserk!!!!!!!
Keep in mind, this 'daddy' has already gone 'berserk' and threatened to bash in Rich's head with a baseball bat for dating Danielle!
The 'wrong name' incident happens earlier, the same day these two disappear???????
It's not Rocket Science.
IMO, Joe Imbo aka "My Name is NOT Rich" is RESPONSIBLE. But who is helping him? Maybe LE should look closely at his family and those named as being around during his alibi. Oh, wait, that was his family, and hey, I heard they are/were in LE. Something STINKS here. IMHO

dmvpenn
07-14-2005, 01:29 PM
I am not convienced he acted alone. I am very convinced that Dawn is involved. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to approach authorities on my suspicions, despite no evidence, and why I believe they warrant consideration? I know the answers are closer then we think.




BIG CLUE HERE.........Your son, under the age of 2, calls you "Rich" instead of 'daddy,' and you go berserk!!!!!!!
Keep in mind, this 'daddy' has already gone 'berserk' and threatened to bash in Rich's head with a baseball bat for dating Danielle!
The 'wrong name' incident happens earlier, the same day these two disappear???????
It's not Rocket Science.
IMO, Joe Imbo aka "My Name is NOT Rich" is RESPONSIBLE. But who is helping him? Maybe LE should look closely at his family and those named as being around during his alibi. Oh, wait, that was his family, and hey, I heard they are/were in LE. Something STINKS here. IMHO

surf_moon_stars
07-14-2005, 09:13 PM
Originally Posted by dmvpenn
Firstly, as a family member, I want to say that we have heard more iterations from pshyics then I care to explain. Personally, I have a dear friend who is a very gifted medium. He said that that they are BOTH DEAD. This notion that she is alive as created a lot of insanity that I wish would stop.

Secondly, Joe threathen Danielle and Rich up until the day they dissappeard. The day danielle dissppeared, Little Joe calld big Joe Rich. Joe went Bizzerk. As far as the alibi, a cover us is a cover up. And yes, we believe Joe found out Danielle was meeting Rich. And we also believe she was being followed by him or by someone else.

As for his background, he has connections to some very shady people and alike. Period end of discussions.

What I need is learn how to excert pressure on the febs to keep pressure. any thoughts.


BIG CLUE HERE.........Your son, under the age of 2, calls you "Rich" instead of 'daddy,' and you go berserk!!!!!!!
Keep in mind, this 'daddy' has already gone 'berserk' and threatened to bash in Rich's head with a baseball bat for dating Danielle!
The 'wrong name' incident happens earlier, the same day these two disappear???????
It's not Rocket Science.
IMO, Joe Imbo aka "My Name is NOT Rich" is RESPONSIBLE. But who is helping him? Maybe LE should look closely at his family and those named as being around during his alibi. Oh, wait, that was his family, and hey, I heard they are/were in LE. Something STINKS here. IMHOdmvpenn- Welcome....So nice to meet you....My heart goes out to you and your family as well as Danielle's during this time....you are making some very important points that I am praying are being investigated this very moment.

The "relatives" theory is a thought that I agree with. I sure hope that all people LE feel should be poloygraphed, have been poloygraphed for the sake of both sides of the family.



__________________________________________________ ____________

If this was a carjacking, yes, then I can see the truck being stripped apart and sold on the black market for money...but there are (2) people missing in the process of this, that I feel would have turned up by now if it was a random carjacking.

I don't think that any "carjacker" would go our of their way to take (2) people , fatally take their lives and try and dispose of the bodies, just for the sake of making a quick buck for truck parts. JMO.

__________________________________________________ _______________

Have all areas in and around the surrounding areas been "completely" checked out for Richd's truck??

Ravines, deep brushy type of areas where a truck might not be as "visible" to the human eye from above, and need to be climbed down into for that reason alone, visibility is poor with or without binoculars where they may be looking.

Any type of unkept areas where bushes, brush, or grass can grow wild, than that is a place to "think about checking out", as the truck just disappeared.


__________________________________________________ ___________

If any searches in any of these areas were done from above the sites, and not actually physically checked in the area they are looking, then how does anyone know if the truck is not meshed in when it (bushes, grass, bush etc) could be just as tall as the truck???

I feel it would make it more difficult to locate a truck, even during the day, if it is black in color. after all the color black does not "stand out" in a crowd when it comes to checking out things too quickly or not at all.


My apologies if I am off base on this thought, as I am not familiar with this area as I live thousads of miles away from where this occured.


Where I live, we do have those "types of areas" that are private, secluded, and sometimes so remote,that a vehicle or anything could be 'hidden" for quite awhile without going undetected if noone thought about that kind of area to investigate.

If the investigation did not cover any "out of the norm" areas that should have been checked, please do so......just a thought.

I sure hope that all areas where tall grass, bushes, and deep or steep hills, embankments, or ravines etc are around any of the areas involved have been
checked out for the sake of both families.


My best to all of the members of Richard and Danielle's family and Danielle's son, and Richard's daughter....saying a prayer for you each night.

Sending you a million hugs....

_________________________


That's my opinion....

dmvpenn
07-14-2005, 09:34 PM
I remember this situation very well. They would not have gone to New Hope. It was not Richies scence. ( he is my cousin, I would know that much) Not at all what has happened here, as you see, they also FOUND the truck.

The is was professsional, the car no doubt as been reduced to bits of metal. Or is was tossed in a very deep body of water in toms river, staten Island, NY area. But we get a ton of lip service from the authorities that a land and air search was conducted. I can say, that between Richards's Friends and me, over 15 searches were conducted between Albelines and their homes.


Wenchie, you said no one could drive a car accidentally into the river in Philly.
Maybe, but who says they stayed in Philly. They might have gone to New Hope. Are you old enough to remember this? (Deaths of Jessica Savitch and Martin Fischbein)

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On the evening of Sunday, October 23, 1983, Savitch had a date with Martin Fischbein, Vice President of the New York Post. They drove from her apartment in New York City to the small village of New Hope, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia. They drove home with Fischbein behind the wheel and Jessica in the back seat with her dog, Chewy. Either ignoring or not seeing the "No Vehicles" signs in the pouring rain, Fischbein drove out of the wrong exit and up the towpath of the old Delaware Canal. He veered too far to the left and the car went over the edge into the shallow water. The station wagon fell about 15 feet and landed upside-down, sinking into deep mud which sealed the doors shut, trapping the occupants inside as the water poured in. The wreck was discovered by a local resident at about 11:30 that night. Rescuers found Fischbein's body still strapped behind the wheel, and Jessica's and Chewy's in the rear. The bodies were taken to Doylestown Hospital for autopsies. The Bucks County coroner later ruled that both had died from asphyxiation (by drowning). He noted that Fischbein was apparently knocked unconscious in the wreck but Jessica was not, and had struggled to escape

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-15-2005, 12:29 AM
..........somebody, somewhere, knows something..............$100,000.00 might jog someone's memory!Unfortunately it hasn't so far. :(

I can indeed attest to the fact that hounding the media, especially in numbers, will get results. You guys did a great job proving that in the early days of the Abaroa forum. I am very willing to send out some letters & e-mails if it will find answers for the families.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-15-2005, 12:32 AM
Thanks JG for the heads up on this site.You're welcome, of course! But it should be me thanking you for accepting my plea to join us on this thread. You are all amazing, and together we've accomplished a lot. I'm hoping that we can repeat some of that success here. Thanks so much, EI and also lauriej and surf moon stars! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming over to this thread to help out! :blowkiss:

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-15-2005, 12:40 AM
I am not convienced he acted alone. I am very convinced that Dawn is involved. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to approach authorities on my suspicions, despite no evidence, and why I believe they warrant consideration? I know the answers are closer then we think.I've never been in your situation so I don't know what the standard is, (if there even is one). I'm also not sure if there are some methods when approaching the police that might work better than other methods. But my gut reaction to your question is to just tell them exactly what's on your mind. You can even say something like, "Look, I know this is going to sound weird but I just have this feeling that ...", and then explain what you're feeling and why. You might have some ideas that the police haven't thought of yet, and you may be noticing things that they are not given your closeness to the tragedy. It doesn't hurt to tell them your suspicions, and you just might trigger a thought process that hasn't been followed yet.

wenchie
07-15-2005, 01:08 AM
surf moon: I don't think there's a square inch between South Street and Mt. Laurel that doesn't contain a store, parking lot, gas station, etc. It's not a long ride, and it's not exactly rural.

I find that bit about the ex freaking when called by another name to be frightening: as a former step-parent, I know that these things happen and that the parent who is sane & stable accepts it without going into a rage.

I lurk here almost daily, but haven't had much to say lately. It sounds like such a hopeless situation, and I feel so badly for the family - that I just don't know what to say.

surf_moon_stars
07-15-2005, 01:54 AM
originally posted by dmvpenn

I remember this situation very well. They would not have gone to New Hope. It was not Richies scence. ( he is my cousin, I would know that much) Not at all what has happened here, as you see, they also FOUND the truck.
dmvpenn- Thank you for telling me this information, my apology as I did not know about the truck being located until just now on your post.

You are too kind to provide updates on what is going on in the case, and sending you lots of well wishes and prayers. Thank you again for being here.

NOTE: Edited to say , I agree with reporting your feelings to LE as well.
My best to you.

__________________________________________________


You're welcome, of course! But it should be me thanking you for accepting my plea to join us on this thread. You are all amazing, and together we've accomplished a lot. I'm hoping that we can repeat some of that success here. Thanks so much, EI and also lauriej and surf moon stars! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming over to this thread to help out! :blowkiss:Hi Jerseygirl...

You bet , I have to put every theory I have out there, and offer what I can in hopes to help the family and LE.

You are such an amazing person, and I am so honored to be part of this community, I can't say it enough.

dmvpenn
07-15-2005, 06:02 AM
Thank you all for the insights. I am decided to take some actions and I have put a call to action on my website www.richardanddanielle.com (http://www.richardanddanielle.com)

I will be on business travel all week, but will be checking posts.

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.

dmvpenn
07-15-2005, 07:59 AM
oh god. My mistake. They did not find my cousin's Truck. I meant that Savich's car was found. The fact that Richie's truck has not been recovered is further evidence to me that someone is intending to hide the thing.

Again, Richard's Truck is not found!!
dmvpenn- Thank you for telling me this information, my apology as I did not know about the truck being located until just now on your post.

You are too kind to provide updates on what is going on in the case, and sending you lots of well wishes and prayers. Thank you again for being here.

NOTE: Edited to say , I agree with reporting your feelings to LE as well.
My best to you.

__________________________________________________


Hi Jerseygirl...

You bet , I have to put every theory I have out there, and offer what I can in hopes to help the family and LE.

You are such an amazing person, and I am so honored to be part of this community, I can't say it enough.

surf_moon_stars
07-15-2005, 12:19 PM
Thank you dmv for the informatin that Richard's truck has NOT being found.


I am off to your website right now...

dmvpenn
07-16-2005, 12:48 PM
lauriej-

Thank you for the call to action here. I do think the additional pressure on the media will help. I have 500 some users on the richardanddanielle.com website, but I don't know if they respond to the calls of action. I suspect not.

I will re-look into why richard is not on the FBI missing persons. Seems absurd, but not sure that will help move the investigation to a more rigorous state. But the point is dually notes.

As for the searches... MY ASS. Richard's friends conducted at least 15 in the area between the dissapearance and both of thier homes. I'd like to believe that the police did search, but I have not seen any visible proof. To support my concern, when I call the police to ask where they searched so I did not duplicate efforts with my search teams, they were very vague.

I would have expected at the very least a topical map of where the resources where deployed. So I personally do not at all beleive too much of what I hear, rather on all of what I see.

Who the hell knows what the LE is doing. I can say that I am sick of hearing " we are following leads... but nothing has been concrete or has led to anything" to declare a suspect.

As for letters to the media... if you have found a particular format that is helpful, please post. I have found that my readers will do the emailing if something is crafted for them.

Lastly, Someone knows more then something and they are closer to the situation that most realize.

and... opinions are like hinnies, I am showing you mine, don't like it don't look philosphy applies! :blushing:

...dmv....i'd like to say that my prayers go out to you and your family..........i cannot imagine what you're going through..


...i took a look at the 'missing' persons on the FBI site..
http://www.fbi.gov/mostwant/kidnap/kidmiss.htm

............neither danielle nor richard are listed.................have you contacted your local FBI office to see if they will post that info ?
http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.htm

..."Air searches, water searches, land searches have been conducted and will continue to be conducted," said Sgt. Tim Cooney of the Philadelphia Police Department.
http://www.nbc10.com/news/4308476/detail.html
...we all need to send out an email to all of the media that initially covered the story...........asking for an update..........what IS LE doing at this point ?

...a couple of media email addresses that i found from the 'earlier' news articles..:

dcamilli@phillyBurbs.com (dcamilli@phillyBurbs.com)
tdougherty@phillynews.com

...i see America's Most Wanted did a segment:
http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/brief.cfm?id=30619

...hound the media....!....( JerseyGirl will confirm that it has worked on other forums when the case is at a standstill..............)

Even a $75,000 reward - which Richard Petrone has just increased to $100,000 with his own money - has failed to shake loose any real information.
http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/11825055.htm

..........somebody, somewhere, knows something..............$100,000.00 might jog someone's memory!

dmvpenn
07-23-2005, 01:47 PM
Folks,

I am planning a rally on the day that marks the 6 month anniversary of Richard and Danielle. Any suggestions on themes to show police and feb we are not happy with thier search foot search efforts and that they have not pressed danielle's friends enough? we want to make posters and signs.

dmvpenn
07-30-2005, 02:05 PM
The police apparently pulled family members of both sides of the family back in for questioning. This may have been a result of the onslaught of letters received by members of the richardanddanielle website as well as memebers of this community who threw a life line out on our behalf.

I am going to contine to pund the LE's with outlines of who could be behind this. I am still very confused why IMBO has not hooked himself up to more polygraph machines as a means to proclaim is innocence. I am still confused at why Imbo is not carrying on like Hallowy's family in trying find her.

My heartbraks at the realization that as time goes by, the possibility of ANY finding physical evidence that would help lead to us to a suspect. All we have at this point is motive, which is so clear.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-30-2005, 02:19 PM
Thanks for the update, dmvpenn. I'm so sorry about the lack of progress. I really can't believe that so much time has passed, and there's still nothing. I'm sure that I speak for all of us when I say that we think of you and your family often. I completely wish that there was something that we could do to ease the suffering for all of you.

Do you have any more details on what you're planning for the 6 month mark?

Meech
07-30-2005, 02:23 PM
The police apparently pulled family members of both sides of the family back in for questioning. This may have been a result of the onslaught of letters received by members of the richardanddanielle website as well as memebers of this community who threw a life line out on our behalf.

I am going to contine to pund the LE's with outlines of who could be behind this. I am still very confused why IMBO has not hooked himself up to more polygraph machines as a means to proclaim is innocence. I am still confused at why Imbo is not carrying on like Hallowy's family in trying find her.

My heartbraks at the realization that as time goes by, the possibility of ANY finding physical evidence that would help lead to us to a suspect. All we have at this point is motive, which is so clear.
Thanks for the update Dmvpenn,hopefully you and your family will find the answer's. And bring Richard & Danielle home. May God sustain you through these difficult times and always.

dmvpenn
07-30-2005, 08:46 PM
We are trying to decide if we are going to stand in front of abelines ( where they dissappeard for a vigil or go back to saint rita's church for prayer and comfort. The issue is that most people, while they don't commit to come, end up showing up, so we have no real way to determine attendance. But.... I guess I will go out there: Build it and they will come.:angel:


Thanks for the update, dmvpenn. I'm so sorry about the lack of progress. I really can't believe that so much time has passed, and there's still nothing. I'm sure that I speak for all of us when I say that we think of you and your family often. I completely wish that there was something that we could do to ease the suffering for all of you.

Do you have any more details on what you're planning for the 6 month mark?

dmvpenn
07-31-2005, 09:13 AM
Hi Katherine,

Impbo was check out to the degree that he could be. He had an alibi with his 2 in-laws, one which is a detective. and imbo's dad is an ex-detective. I am sorry to say this, but I do believe that there MUST be a level of corruption at work here and that the alibi's are covering up for Imbo. Also, because the Philadelphia police were leading the case, without evidence, they really could not pull imbo back in for questioning. This is really an area of law that blows my mind: Proctectioins of persons of interest and suspects. If a prolifer were on this case, it would be self evident, given all of Imbo's pre and post offensive behaviors, his long history of abuse towards Danielle that there is great potential that he is involced. There have been NO official statement by authorities stating he passed the lie detector test, rather they only refute IMBO's claims he has and has not offered to submit to another.

As for Danielle, I'd be interested to understand what you mean by " how frieghtened really was she off Joe?" I be interested in your elaborating on that. In so many of the domestic violence case studies that I read about, while women are extremely frieghtened, they tend to operate at some level in state of denial about the real potential of Murder or kidnapping. Check out the Book " Next time she be dead". We see women go on thier daily lives covering up their fear, protecting the fathers, thinking some how things will get better.

I know she feared Joe, but she also tried to contine to live her life and I don't believe she ever thought he would hurt the son. She deserved a weekend off for God sakes, she worked her ass off and was a full time mom.

Just my opinion.
dmv


So does this mean that Danielle Imbo is currently married, and she has this boyfriend Richard Petrone. She and Richard are now missing after going out on a date?

And Danielle's husband has not been completely checked out, as to his involvement in her disappearance?

That seems almost impossible to believe, doesn't it?


edited to add: she gave him their 20 month old baby for the weekend. How frightened, REALLY, was Danielle of Joe? Something doesn't add up here.

Prayers for their safe return - this one is confusing.

http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-03012005-456933.html

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 12:09 PM
I know she feared Joe, but she also tried to contine to live her life and I don't believe she ever thought he would hurt the son. She deserved a weekend off for God sakes, she worked her ass off and was a full time mom.I'm so sorry to hear about all of this. What a horrible way to live; in fear of someone that allegedly loves you. Everyone deserves better than that!

I was also a single mother many years ago, and it is very difficult. You're right; she deserved a weekend off. She deserved a lot of things that apparently she didn't get, and that's heart-breaking.

Even with Joe's alibi, a case can indeed be built against him if he's responsible for their disappearance. But you are correct, without any evidence or eyewitnesses, on what do they have to build? All we know is that he was abusive towards Danielle and that he threatened Richard. While those things are obviously horrible, there's no way it will ever be enough to convict him on circumstantial evidence. We either need for Richard and Danielle to be found or we need for Joe to crack, (if he is indeed responsible). Yet it doesn't sound like anyone is turning up the heat on him! I don't get it. I don't recall at this point - was it Mount Laurel that did the polygraph? What is the capability of contacting the FBI? What does it take for FBI to get involved and administer their own polygraph?

Please let us know what we can do. Would you like us to write to anyone specific? Make phone calls? Enough is enough - something needs to break in this case.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 12:10 PM
We are trying to decide if we are going to stand in front of abelines ( where they dissappeard for a vigil or go back to saint rita's church for prayer and comfort. The issue is that most people, while they don't commit to come, end up showing up, so we have no real way to determine attendance. But.... I guess I will go out there: Build it and they will come.:angel:Is the public invited or will this be for family and friends?

ETA: A piece of advice - get these plans together quickly, and start calling and e-mailing every media outlet you can think of. Maybe even start e-mailing Greta van Susteren and Nancy Grace. AMW. The more media that can attend, the better IMO. We can't let people forget about Richard and Danielle.

dmvpenn
07-31-2005, 02:26 PM
Jerseygirl,

Great suggestions. We have been pounding these folks to get us back on, but you are correct, we need to let them know about the vigil too. Thanks for the idea.



Is the public invited or will this be for family and friends?

ETA: A piece of advice - get these plans together quickly, and start calling and e-mailing every media outlet you can think of. Maybe even start e-mailing Greta van Susteren and Nancy Grace. AMW. The more media that can attend, the better IMO. We can't let people forget about Richard and Danielle.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 02:43 PM
Jerseygirl,

Great suggestions. We have been pounding these folks to get us back on, but you are correct, we need to let them know about the vigil too. Thanks for the idea.You're welcome, dmvpenn. Even if they are hesitant to give the story airtime, (for whatever their ridiculous reasons are), given the fact that it is to mark the six month "anniversary" of their disappearance, I think they'll be more likely to show up.

I'm sure that you know the contact information for all of the media outlets by now but if you need anything, please let me know. In the meantime, maybe I'll get together the information that I can find, and make a post with it all together. Then fellow posters can also write or call in. Maybe if a lot of us call and write together, they'll respond.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 02:47 PM
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OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 02:58 PM
National:

NBC.com > NBC News (http://www.nbc.com/nbc/NBC_News/)

Links for Today, Dateline NBC, etc.



NBC local:

NBC 10 NEWS - Home (http://www.turnto10.com/index.html)

Send a news tip to:

wjarnews@nbc.com (wjarnews@nbc.com)

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 03:03 PM
National:

CBSNews.com / CBS News Video (http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?CMP=KNC-2005googlecampaign)

Links to 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, etc.

CBS.com | Feedback (http://www.cbsnews.com/htdocs/feedback/fb_news_form.shtml) (this is what it gives me when I click "contact us")



CBS local:

CBS 3: Homepage (http://www.kyw.com/)

Tip Hotline: 800-223-TIPS


Assignment Desk: 215-238-4850
FAX 215-238-4783


CBS 3
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OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 03:12 PM
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OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 03:21 PM
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OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 03:25 PM
dmvpenn, that's all I can think of right now. If you'd like the posters here to e-mail and/or call in addition to your calls, please post it here. I can't speak for anyone else but I am willing to do that but I don't want to do it without your prior approval.

dmvpenn
07-31-2005, 04:39 PM
You are officially authorized to do what you feel is best!

Also, I just found out that the police asked Anthony Valentino to take a lie detector test. Anthony, was hunging out with the Richard, Saturday, February 19th, the night both Richard and Danielle disappeared. Richard and Danielle left Anothony and his wife at the bar.

I am so appauled!!! I'd like to learn if the police and Feds as the Alibi of Imbo, Dawn Desimone, and Imbo to sumbit to a lie detector test.

If you would like to help me pound the feds about this as well, please do!!

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 08:37 PM
If you would like to help me pound the feds about this as well, please do!!I will start sending out some e-mails to bring up the fact that six months is approaching, and no one seems to be doing any hard digging. As for pounding the feds, I'd LOVE to help you but I don't have the first idea of where to start. Any suggestions? Feel free to pm me if you like.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 09:05 PM
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OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 09:20 PM
dmvpenn, I just e-mailed the following shows:

From FOX:

At Large with Geraldo Rivera
Hannity & Colmes
On the Record with Greta van Susteren
Dayside
Studio B
Fox & Friends
The O'Reilly Factor

From MSNBC:

The Dan Abrams Report



I haven't yet e-mailed the local networks. I figure that it's probably best for me to wait to hear from you regarding the final details for August 19th so I know what to tell them.

If I receive any e-mail responses, I will let you know. If possible, can you pm me your e-mail address for any media that might want it?

I was also thinking - Bill O'Reilly on FOX News tends to focus on absurdities. Since I'm not close to the investigation, I'm not aware of the absurdities the way that you are. I suggest that if you feel that the police are dragging their feet or as if there is some type of cover-up going on, to e-mail "The O'Reilly Factor", and tell him about that angle. He's a no-nonsense kind of guy but usually goes after political issues or issues that have wide implications. So if an angle such as that exists with this case, definitely let him know.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 09:36 PM
CBS 3: Search For Missing Couple Continues (http://kyw.com/Local%20News/local_story_200181605.html)

CBS Video Viewer (http://kyw.dayport.com/viewer/viewerpage.php?Art_ID=15083&tf=video_player.tpl&PreloadContract_DefID=1&Contract_DefID=2&Category_ID=5)

... CBS 3 has learned Mt. Laurel and Philadelphia Police are now re-interviewing family members and friends about the five month disappearance of Danielle Imbo of Mt. Laurel and Richard Petrone Jr. of South Philadelphia.

... Ottobre believes being questioned again may jog someone's memory.

“People forget things, you know,” said Ottobre, (Danielle's mother), adding, “You're in conversation with a friend and you start to say something and you realize ‘Oh, did I say that?’”

... Without any evidence, like finding Danielle's purse, wallet, or any items belonging to Richard or his truck, Ottobre says she will keep on believing they are alive.

“We're prepared for anything but we hope for the best,” said Ottobre.

Richard Petrone's mother told CBS 3’s Robin Rieger that it has been hard to stay positive these past five months, but she remains hopeful these renewed interviews will bring some new leads to police.

The Citizens Crime Commission reward stands at $100-thousand. If you have any information about the couples’ whereabouts, call 215-546-TIPS.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 09:43 PM
southphillyreview.com (http://www.southphillyreview.com/view_article.php?id=3539)

... THE CITIZENS CRIME Commission is a nonprofit, independent, non-governmental agency that operates in conjunction with area businesses and federal, state and local law enforcement bureaus to prevent and solve crimes. The best-known facet of the commission is its anonymous tip line, which allows the public to report information on crimes. To be eligible for a reward, a caller must obtain a code number from an operator.

... Perhaps the most high-profile local investigation in which the commission is involved is the disappearance of Richard Petrone Jr., 35, of South Philly, and Danielle Imbo, 34, of Mount Laurel, N.J. The couple were last seen Feb. 19 leaving Abilene bar, 429 South St. Police have found no trace of the pair - including Petrone's black 2001 Dodge pickup truck - and the case has garnered national attention. The commission is offering a $100,000 reward for information.

... The anonymity has been crucial in getting many people to come forward. By remaining unknown, witnesses or, in many cases, an accomplice can contact the tip line without further involvement of fear of retaliation, said Montecalvo.

The commission relies on the theory that many people who commit a crime confide that information in someone. "When you tell one person, it's no longer a secret," Montecalvo said...

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 10:26 PM
southphillyreview.com (http://www.southphillyreview.com/view_article.php?id=3131)

... When they heard that Richard was missing, they could not imagine why.

"We thought, who could ever want to hurt him? He's a warm, friendly, gregarious, funny, teddy bear of a guy," said Lefkowitz.

The pain of not knowing is intolerable for family and friends, said Valente.

"There can be no closure because there are no clues. You don't know if they're dead, you don't know if they're alive," she said. "You just watch the news and wait to hear something. It is just so unsettling. It's like being in a nightmare.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 10:29 PM
KCAL 9: Philadelphia Couple Disappears Without A Trace (http://kcal9.com/topstories/topstories_story_082072618.html)

... Craig Mitnick, a lawyer who is acting as a liaison between Imbo and Petrone’s families and police, said it’s increasingly likely that the two are dead and that there was an organized plot to harm them.

“One person couldn’t have done that,” Mitnick said...

The couple left Abilene, a bar and restaurant on bustling South Street, around 11:45 p.m. on a Saturday night last month and told friends they planned to return to Mount Laurel.

From the bar, their trail disintegrates.

Police have not found people who saw the couple on the street. While there were plenty of people around, the couple did not stand out, said Philadelphia police Sgt. Tim Cooney, one of a half-dozen city police working on the case full-time.

The couple have not visited cash machines, used credit cards or made cell phone calls.

Surveillance cameras in front of ATMs along South Street did not show them passing by. And the cameras on the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges did not catch Petrone’s black pickup driving into New Jersey, Cooney said.

Nearly every street in the city has been searched for the truck. So have the parking lots at Philadelphia International Airport, back roads of the New Jersey Pine Barrens and the swampy land of Tinicum Township, just south of Philadelphia.

The search has gone into New York, Delaware and up and down the New Jersey Shore. Police across the country have been alerted to be on the lookout.

With attention to the disappearance on “America’s Most Wanted” and other national television programs, tips have poured in, said Cooney.

“Some little old lady from Iowa called me today,” he said.
“She thinks she saw the truck.”

But, Cooney said, no such leads have panned out.

The truck is a black 2001 Dodge Dakota truck, with Pennsylvania tags YFH-2319 and a NASCAR sticker. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 10:40 PM
http://www.officer.com/news/IBS/wcau/news-2638828.html (http://www.officer.com/news/IBS/wcau/news-2638828.html)

... Their credit cards, cell phones and EZ-Pass have not been used since. Also missing is Petrone's 2001 black Dakota pickup truck.

... The FBI is assisting in the investigation, but it will not get officially involved unless there is evidence of foul play across state lines.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 10:47 PM
southphillyreview.com (http://www.southphillyreview.com/view_article.php?id=3073)

Richard Petrone Jr. always loved attending rock concerts ...

In describing Petrone, (Petrone family friend) Romantini vacillated between the past and present tense.

"He was just a happy-go-lucky guy," he said. "He didn't make enemies. He was not an aggressive person..."

Petrone would never willingly leave the area without making contact because he is very close to his family and 14-year-old daughter, Angela, from a previous relationship, Romantini said.

"It's not like him to do anything like that - to not be in touch with anybody for days," he said.

... He talked to his father and mother, Marge, at least once a day, and also was close to his sisters, Lisa and Christine...

When Petrone was not working, he spent time with his daughter, whom he raised. Angela's name is tattooed on Petrone's arm.

"She was his whole world," Romantini said...
__________________________________________________ ________________

... "Danielle is the sweetest, nicest person I have ever met in my life," one friend wrote. "Her family is one of a kind. Someone has to know something. Please bring her home! She is loved by everyone who knows her."

Friends also recounted the young woman with the "beautiful smile" and "infectious laugh."
__________________________________________________ ________________

A local woman who knew the couple ...

"He was just a great guy, very sweet," the woman said. "I have not seen him in years but I couldn't imagine anything crooked. I couldn't imagine why he would be missing."

Through Petrone, the woman got to know his sister Christine and her friend, Imbo, then named Danielle Ottobre. She remembered her as "a lot of fun" and "just a great girl."

And that's also how Romantini describes Petrone. "He's kind of free-spirited and always looking to have a good time," he said. "He always had a smile on his face, even in the worst of situations."

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 10:57 PM
Main Line Life - Sports - 07/07/2005 - 'Everybody is hopeful' at Viking Bakery (http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=14822850&BRD=1597&PAG=461&dept_id=188818&rfi=6)

... "He was artistic, he did all the wedding cakes," Hasson said.

Petrone, now 35, had been working at Viking since he graduated from high school.

"He was a regular, hard-working guy. He was always kidding around, very down to earth. He was a good father. He walked his daughter to school every day, and cooked for her at night."

He lived with his daughter, Angela, up until two years ago. She now lives with her mother.

Petrone was very close to his family. His parents, who work at Viking, live in Cherry Hill, along with his younger sister, Christine.

"The tone of the shop is a little bit better now," Hasson described. "It was devastating in the beginning. I just couldn't stop crying. In the beginning everyone was more hopeful. His parents aren't losing hope though, because there's so much uncertainty; not knowing what happened, or how it happened. There are no clues yet, no clues at all."

Six Philadelphia police have been working on the case full-time, but they have neither named nor ruled out any suspects.

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 11:14 PM
CNN.com - Transcripts (http://robots.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0504/20/ng.01.html)

PINTO: The ex -- the husband supposedly threatened the boyfriend. So, that`s something I would flesh out.

His alibi, does it check out? Tell me his alibi isn`t his 1-and-a- half-year-old child, because that`s what I`ve heard so far. And if his family needs -- his family needs to be questioned at great length to find out where he really was.
GRACE: That`s a great point... Marge, what is the alibi for the husband?

PETRONE: From what I understand, he took his child to Tom`s River and was there for the night with his child in Tom`s River.

(CROSSTALK)

GRACE: Where in Tom`s River?

PETRONE: I don`t know.

As far as the lie detector test is concerned, I have never been told that he passed the lie detector test from the police. I mean, as far as -- they have not released those -- the results of that lie detector test to anyone, I don`t think.

(More at link - you'll have to scroll down to get to the segment about Richie and Danielle.)

OriginalJerseyGirl
07-31-2005, 11:23 PM
CNN.com - Transcripts (http://robots.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0503/17/acd.01.html)

... (on camera: Detectives say they've searched the streets, even the local waterways for the truck the couple was driving in. So far they've come up with nothing.

(voice-over): No sign of Rich's 2001 black Dodge Dakota. No evidence of an accident.

COONEY: Very, very frustrating. At this point, I can tell you that no one is a suspect and everyone is a subject of this investigation...

(Scroll about 1/2 way down.)

dmvpenn
08-01-2005, 07:45 AM
My Jersey Girl,

Holy moly. You went bizerk! ;-) only kidding. I am so pleased to see your support. Here are a few things to note. We have 2 sites: richardpetrone.com is a much more user friendly site that has most of the history, including Vidio's of the Nancy Grace show ect. richardanddanielle has the forum.
Here is the FBI email address that we have been sending letters to philadelphia@fbi.gov (philadelphia@fbi.gov)



Here is the letter I crafted and asked my users to send out for the anniversery. If anyone from this site can send this as well, we would be grateful. Thank you all for your continued support.

Dear.....

August 19th, 2005, marks the six month anniversary of the disappearance of Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo. There has been no sign of them. Not a shoe, handbag, lipstick or wallet has been found; nothing. Two people and a large truck just do not vanish. Whatever happened to them was organized and planned!!

The family and friends of Richard Petrone will be holding a vigil where the couple went missing: Abilene’s on 4th and South Streets in Philadelphia. Our people will rally to pray for comfort and peace. More importantly, the rally is to show our collective unity that we will not stop pushing the police and the FBI until they further investigate any and all possibilities surrounding the disappearance of Richard and Danielle. There are many, many signs of motive and we need to stop worrying about protecting the rights of persons of interest. Just like Natalie Holloway’s family, we will not let corruption or protection of possible suspects by friends in high places stand in the way of the truth. We will not accept or let early mistakes by police get in the way of finding the truth. Someone knows something and we need the police, the FBI, and help from you, the media, to bring this case into the justice system.

We need and request your help to bring Richard and Danielle’s precious faces in view of the nation for the six month anniversary. This case is just as mysterious as the Natalie Holloway case. NO ONE SHOULD GO MISSING. And for all of the people that have gone missing over the past six months in Philadelphia, we should all stand united. More financial resources need to be dedicated to solving domestic issues, like missing persons. We are the voices of those who have gone missing. And as tax payers, we demand more resources be extended to find Richard and Danielle.

You never know when this type of tragedy will strike your family. Please help us get this back in the news and help us mark this tragic anniversary date. It is just as important as Natalie Holloway and demands your attention.

You can reach us at dmvpenn@yahoo.com (dmvpenn@yahoo.com) for more information.

Thank you for your consideration.

Friends and Family of Richard Petrone.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-01-2005, 08:40 AM
My Jersey Girl,

Holy moly. You went bizerk! ;-)Yeah, I had a little extra time on my hands last night. lol.

I am very frustrated by this case. I really thought that Danielle and Richie would have been located by now, and it saddens me how interest in their case seems to have just disappeared. People like quick resolutions, and when they don't get it, they seem to move on. I, myself, have been guilty of that at times when it seems like there's just nothing left to talk about.

But it's been 6 months, and I can't believe that with 6 officers on the case full-time, they haven't yet managed to locate something.

I'm with you all the way on this dmvpenn. I will send some more e-mails off this morning, this time to local media outlets. If the vigil will be a public event, I will find the time to be there. If more searches are planned, I will help. I can't stand that nothing is happening, and my heart breaks every day for your families, and especially for those two beautiful children who are missing their parents.

dmvpenn
08-01-2005, 11:19 AM
The vigil is public for all to attend. Ya know, I know the police and Feds are human, and I am sure they face thier daily frustrations with not having evidence. But I still think we should be pounding a few other people to shake them up. But I don't know the boundries of the law when it comes to question folks. But I think everyone involved would want to make it know that they are not involved and submit to any and all questions. I mean, God, why did they question Anothony with a lie detector and not Dawn Desimone. I am not done with this yet. But, my suspicion is her family is the DeSimone lawyers... which ... well, means she is being advised to shut up, no doubt.
Gotta jet, I am in chicago in a limo. ;-)

Yeah, I had a little extra time on my hands last night. lol.

I am very frustrated by this case. I really thought that Danielle and Richie would have been located by now, and it saddens me how interest in their case seems to have just disappeared. People like quick resolutions, and when they don't get it, they seem to move on. I, myself, have been guilty of that at times when it seems like there's just nothing left to talk about.

But it's been 6 months, and I can't believe that with 6 officers on the case full-time, they haven't yet managed to locate something.

I'm with you all the way on this dmvpenn. I will send some more e-mails off this morning, this time to local media outlets. If the vigil will be a public event, I will find the time to be there. If more searches are planned, I will help. I can't stand that nothing is happening, and my heart breaks every day for your families, and especially for those two beautiful children who are missing their parents.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-01-2005, 11:47 AM
This was in a reply that I received from Dateline NBC:

If you have a specific story suggestion please send it to:

STORY SUGGESTIONS
Dateline NBC
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-01-2005, 11:49 AM
Gotta jet, I am in chicago in a limo. ;-)Wow, thanks for checking in with us from your limo! ;)

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-01-2005, 11:50 AM
And from the Today Show:

STORY IDEAS: Please send story ideas to:

Don Nash
Supervising Producer
30 Rockefeller Plaza
Rm. 374E
New York, NY 10112

If your story idea is accepted we will notify you. We do not have a general fax number.

__________________________________________________ _________________

Let me know if you'd like me to send something by postal mail to these shows. If you'd like them to know specifically about the vigil, please let us know what time the vigil will be, (make sure to confirm it with Abilene's or the permit department or whomever), so that I can pass that information along as well.

dmvpenn
08-02-2005, 03:16 PM
Hey Jersey Girl,

Just a reminder the date of the vigil is Friday August 19th. It will start at 9:00, but no doubt I will be there by 8:00.

We can touch base via phone as we move closer to the date. I will round up my posse too so I can introduce to my corner girls for my other site: Brocolli320, Diane, and Marie R and a few others.

Thank you for all your help on this.


Yeah, I had a little extra time on my hands last night. lol.

I am very frustrated by this case. I really thought that Danielle and Richie would have been located by now, and it saddens me how interest in their case seems to have just disappeared. People like quick resolutions, and when they don't get it, they seem to move on. I, myself, have been guilty of that at times when it seems like there's just nothing left to talk about.

But it's been 6 months, and I can't believe that with 6 officers on the case full-time, they haven't yet managed to locate something.

I'm with you all the way on this dmvpenn. I will send some more e-mails off this morning, this time to local media outlets. If the vigil will be a public event, I will find the time to be there. If more searches are planned, I will help. I can't stand that nothing is happening, and my heart breaks every day for your families, and especially for those two beautiful children who are missing their parents.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-02-2005, 10:55 PM
Hey Jersey Girl,

Just a reminder the date of the vigil is Friday August 19th. It will start at 9:00, but no doubt I will be there by 8:00.

We can touch base via phone as we move closer to the date. I will round up my posse too so I can introduce to my corner girls for my other site: Brocolli320, Diane, and Marie R and a few others.

Thank you for all your help on this.Sounds good, dmvpenn. One question - that's A.M., I assume?

dmvpenn
08-02-2005, 11:48 PM
Jeresy girl,

No, it is PM. hope you can still come!!

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-03-2005, 10:26 AM
Jeresy girl,

No, it is PM. hope you can still come!!PM shouldn't be a problem, (in fact, it might be easier). If it turns out to be a problem, I'll let you know a.s.a.p.

dmvpenn
08-09-2005, 05:36 PM
PM shouldn't be a problem, (in fact, it might be easier). If it turns out to be a problem, I'll let you know a.s.a.p.Hey there Jersey Girl,

how are you standing for the vigil. I want to make arrangements to hook up somewhere. Ok?

Take care
:crazy:

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-15-2005, 01:17 PM
Hi dmv, just got your pm. Friday night shouldn't be a problem. If possible, can you post the details of the event here so that any other posters that might be able to attend will be aware?

For anyone local or anyone who will be in the area on the 19th, please join us to mark the 6 month "anniversary" of Richie & Danielle's disappearance. We need the media and law enforcement to know that we're all still out here, and that we all still want Richie & Danielle to be found.

wenchie
08-16-2005, 12:40 AM
Just checking in at this thread - haven't been around for a while.

I hope to be at the vigil.

dmvpenn
08-16-2005, 01:03 PM
Assembling (http://www.richardanddanielle.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1828&sid=a62c3b09157b772d93646cb76fbc8436#1828) Place for the vigil

(http://www.richardanddanielle.com/phpBB2/posting.php?mode=quote&p=1828&sid=a62c3b09157b772d93646cb76fbc8436)[/url] (http://www.richardanddanielle.com/phpBB2/posting.php?mode=editpost&p=1828&sid=a62c3b09157b772d93646cb76fbc8436)




Chickie and Petes
1526 Packer Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
United States
19145
Time



Immediately following we will head to Abeline’s at



[url="http://www.richardpetrone.com/"]http://www.richardpetrone.com (http://www.richardanddanielle.com/phpBB2/modcp.php?mode=ip&p=1828&t=295&sid=a62c3b09157b772d93646cb76fbc8436) more detailed info





http://www.richardpetrone.com/files/vigilPoster11x17.pdf (http://www.richardpetrone.com/files/vigilPoster11x17.pdf)







Thanks for all your support. I look forward to meeting everyone.



PS. I will also be scheduling a march to Washington in 6 months for all missing persons. Stay tuned!

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-17-2005, 01:21 PM
dmvpenn, I may just meet you all at Abilene's. I am a terrible South Philly driver - don't know my way from one corner to the next! And parking ... the parking in South Philly is even worse than that near South Street!!! :crazy:

If you really need me to meet you at Chickie & Pete's ahead of time, I'll figure out how to get there. Otherwise, at what time should I look for you at Abilene's? And will you be inside or out?

Wenchie, I hope you come, and I hope some others of you can be there as well.

ETA: I just saw the information at your site - considering the signs and the candles, I'll assume you're meeting OUTSIDE of Abilene's.

dmvpenn
08-17-2005, 02:14 PM
ok well my thought was that for those of you who are directionally challenged, :laugh: and not knowing one corner from the next, you may want to consider meeting us a tchickie and petes. The lot is big and actaully easier to get to then south street. I can get you directions or you can call me.. I will pm you with my number. But we can car pool your behines once we assemble. but if you want to venture parking on your own on south street, we plan on being there around 8:30 ish.

dmv

Rachael
08-17-2005, 11:42 PM
dmvpenn, I may just meet you all at Abilene's. I am a terrible South Philly driver - don't know my way from one corner to the next! And parking ... the parking in South Philly is even worse than that near South Street!!! :crazy:

If you really need me to meet you at Chickie & Pete's ahead of time, I'll figure out how to get there. Otherwise, at what time should I look for you at Abilene's? And will you be inside or out?

Wenchie, I hope you come, and I hope some others of you can be there as well.

ETA: I just saw the information at your site - considering the signs and the candles, I'll assume you're meeting OUTSIDE of Abilene's.


I would like to go too JerseyGirl since I live in the area but it is unlikely that I can get a babysitter and my husband will be working.

Good luck DMV! I really hope your family gets some answers soon. I am willing to do anything I can from home to help (if there is anything I can possibly do).

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-17-2005, 11:51 PM
I would like to go too JerseyGirl since I live in the area but it is unlikely that I can get a babysitter and my husband will be working.Oh no ... :( ... I wish you could join us! Keep it in mind in case anything changes. I'd love to see you there. :)

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-18-2005, 12:22 PM
dmv, based on some potential time problems, I'm going to meet you guys on South Street. I can't remember where Abilene's comes in. I know it's on South but near which cross street? Is it 3rd? 4th?

Do you know how many people are coming? Media?

Also, I have a daughter who's interested in attending with a friend or two of hers. They are teenagers, ages 16 & 17. Would that be appropriate or would you prefer an adults-only gathering? Whatever you prefer is fine with me.

dmvpenn
08-18-2005, 04:01 PM
JG

bring everyone... I can't say for sure.. but it does seem that we have many many people. Big Rich is coming after all. Media will definately be there. Greta interviewed Big Rich today... so I do believe we have done a great marketing effort...

So, yes, bring as many as you'd like. If you don't know what I look like... go to www.richardpetrone.com (http://www.richardpetrone.com) there is a link to pictures of the search effort or the nancy grace clip. I am tall with short black hair... awful pictures.. but what can I say....:waitasec:

See you tomorrow night.... and thanks again.

dmvpenn
08-18-2005, 04:03 PM
ps yes. abelines is on 4th and south.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-19-2005, 03:41 PM
Just a quick check - do you need me to pick anything up on my way?

Oh! And I saw a Greta commercial a short time ago. Is Greta covering the story tonight?

I'll check in here by 6 P.M. After that, I may or may not be on for the rest of the night.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-20-2005, 11:25 PM
CBS 3: Vigil For Missing Couple (http://kyw.com/Local%20News/local_story_231235124.html)

CBS Video Viewer (http://kyw.dayport.com/viewer/viewerpage.php?Art_ID=15512&tf=video_player.tpl&PreloadContract_DefID=1&Contract_DefID=2&Category_ID=5)

Friday marked six-months since a couple disappeared without a trace from a Philadelphia bar.

Loved ones gathered in front of Abilene’s bar on South Street to hold a candle light vigil for Danielle Imbo, 34, from Mt. Laurel and Richard Petrone Jr, 35, from Philadelphia.

Over 30 people attended the candlelit vigil, holding signs in support of the family...

On Tuesday a vigil will be held for Danielle Imbo’s family.

Related Links

Richard Petrone Site (http://www.richardpetrone.com/)
Danielle Imbo Site (http://www.danielleimbo.com/)

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-20-2005, 11:33 PM
Local couple still missing since February (phillyBurbs.com) (http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-08192005-529754.html)

... But what about Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone?

... why aren't "Good Morning America" or "Today" juggling to get Imbo's mother, Felice Ottobre, on camera? Why isn't there greater national media exposure, which could help lead police to Imbo and Petrone?

One reason, some media and criminal-justice experts say, is because their story is not quite the juicy, missing-person story archetype. Imbo and Petrone, who had an on-again, off-again relationship, are both in their mid-30s and they vanished after meeting for a drink in a bar.

"It doesn't fit the damsel-in-distress story, which is a sweet, young, blond girl disappears from a family home ...

Erin Bruno, case manager for the National Center for Missing Adults, said the center advises families to try to keep pushing media coverage, but she admitted it can be difficult in cases like this.

"When the trail goes cold and there are no new leads, that's when the media stops running stories because there's nothing new to report," Bruno said.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-20-2005, 11:40 PM
No sign of missing couple (phillyBurbs.com) (http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-08192005-529763.html)

Since the couple's went missing six months ago on Feb. 19, officers have searched Philadelphia streets, abandoned buildings and lots, sections of Burlington County, the dense forests of the New Jersey Pinelands and the Delaware River, but have found no sign of the couple.

Cell phone, credit card and bank records have been reviewed. There has been no activity.

Investigators have talked to friends, family members and acquaintances of the pair but have uncovered no leads of significance.

Even the March airing of a segment about Imbo and Petrone on "America's Most Wanted" has produced nothing solid.

"Unfortunately, we're not any closer to finding them than we were the first week," said Sgt. Tim Cooney, lead investigator on the case for Philadelphia police.

The trail has not turned cold. Rather, investigators say, it was never warm to begin with.

Investigators know the couple left Abilene, a bar and restaurant on bustling South Street, at about 11:45 p.m. Feb. 19. They told friends at the bar that Petrone was going to drive Imbo home to Mount Laurel.

And then they were gone...

Police don't believe Imbo and Petrone left voluntarily, yet they have no evidence of an accident, mugging or organized abduction. Where does that leave investigators?

In essence, back at square one. Cooney said additional searches are being planned for more areas outside the city. Investigators have also begun re-interviewing family members and associates of the pair in hopes of uncovering information that could shed light on the disappearance.

Police have also gathered DNA samples and dental records for Imbo and Petrone for use in the search.

Suspects of various street crimes in Philadelphia have been interviewed, but none produced any information about the disappearance, he said...

"In my 13 years, this is the longest missing person case I've ever worked," Cooney said. "As an investigator, it's extremely hard to continually come up with nothing like we have ... We've devoted a lot of resources to this both on and off the clock."

Despite the lack of clues and physical evidence, law enforcement continues to actively work the case. Just recently, the FBI, which is assisting in the case, contacted Imbo's family to let them know the investigation is still active.

"(Law enforcement) has dedicated so many resources to finding her," said Felice Ottobre, Imbo's mother. "They can't give us specifics, but they tell us to trust them and they will find her.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-20-2005, 11:46 PM
Family hoping for daughter's return (phillyBurbs.com) (http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-08192005-529802.html)

Felice Ottobre says her heart breaks when she thinks about her missing daughter. But it absolutely crumbles, she says, when she thinks of her daughter being separated from her toddler son...

When Imbo disappeared, her son, Joseph Imbo III, was just 19 months old. She missed his second birthday in May and her own 35th birthday earlier this month.

"Those were the two most difficult days," Ottobre said, visibly upset by the memory. "Not having her here is so hard."

The family, however, finds strength in little Joe.

Imbo would do everything and anything in her power to find her way back to him, her family says.

"If my sister had a chance to have even one more minute with her son, she would do anything to have it," said her brother, John Ottobre. "She would never give up for that chance..."

Joseph Imbo Sr. is now living in Danielle's Mount Laurel condominium with his son. He said his sister and her best friend help out with the care of little Joe.

"He's doing well. He's only 2 so he doesn't really understand, but every once in a while, he asks (for his mother)," Imbo said.

He said he chooses to believe Danielle is still alive...

dmvpenn
08-21-2005, 12:09 AM
Hey Jersey Girl,

Well.. :doh: as my fate would have it, I could not resist, I had a beer today and well, I got sick.:sick: The colors of the smily head reveal exactly how I felt/feel.

On a happier note, I want to personally thank you for all your support and dedication. Your showing up was an extremely powerful feeling to think how a stranger extended themselves and took time out of thier busy lives for us. Ya know, there are family who don't even step up to the bump that way.

If there is ever anything I can do for you... Please do not hesitate to reach out.

God bless and thanks to you daughter and her boyfriend too.

dmvpenn
08-21-2005, 12:24 AM
Jersey girl,

But there is so much more to this story. John Ottobre and Danielle's friends refuse to share the truth about Joe Imbo's and Danielle's rocky relationship.

For some reason, even the police down play the signficance of the fact that imbo repeated threatened Rich. If the media is looking for juice... there is juice.

It is digusting that the media resorts to needed damsel in distress story. But my goodness, let's not forget that family pride conceals many truths.

This entire disappearance is sickening.


Local couple still missing since February (phillyBurbs.com) (http://www.phillyburbs.com/pb-dyn/news/112-08192005-529754.html)

... But what about Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone?

... why aren't "Good Morning America" or "Today" juggling to get Imbo's mother, Felice Ottobre, on camera? Why isn't there greater national media exposure, which could help lead police to Imbo and Petrone?

One reason, some media and criminal-justice experts say, is because their story is not quite the juicy, missing-person story archetype. Imbo and Petrone, who had an on-again, off-again relationship, are both in their mid-30s and they vanished after meeting for a drink in a bar.

"It doesn't fit the damsel-in-distress story, which is a sweet, young, blond girl disappears from a family home ...

Erin Bruno, case manager for the National Center for Missing Adults, said the center advises families to try to keep pushing media coverage, but she admitted it can be difficult in cases like this.

"When the trail goes cold and there are no new leads, that's when the media stops running stories because there's nothing new to report," Bruno said.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-21-2005, 12:28 AM
Well.. :doh: as my fate would have it, I could not resist, I had a beer today and well, I got sick.:sick: The colors of the smily head reveal exactly how I felt/feel.
Oh no! Are you kidding? You only had 4 more days to go!!! I can't believe you got sick off of one beer - what a drag. I hope you're feeling better now, and I hope that the next four days pass quickly for ya'. :)

On a happier note, I want to personally thank you for all your support and dedication. Your showing up was an extremely powerful feeling to think how a stranger extended themselves and took time out of thier busy lives for us. Ya know, there are family who don't even step up to the bump that way.

If there is ever anything I can do for you... Please do not hesitate to reach out.

God bless and thanks to you daughter and her boyfriend too.You're so very welcome. It felt right to be there to support you guys. I just wish that there was something more that I could do. Please be sure to keep me posted about what's going on, and ANYTHING you need. There are lots of us strangers that care; I just happen to be local to this case and so had the benefit of being able to attend.

D, you're in my heart. All of you are, especially after meeting you all last night. Really - please - don't hesitate to let me know if there's anything else I can do. I wish I could make this situation better for you all. Like I said a while back, I'm with you on this to the end.

BTW, is there an active and on-going discussion on your site? If so, I may sign up there soon in order to stay in the loop without making more work for you.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-21-2005, 12:31 AM
If the media is looking for juice... there is juice.That's one of the reasons I posted that article - you and I both know that there's plenty of drama in this story to satisfy the readers/viewers. I don't understand why it hasn't gotten more attention. But you see where the expert says that it's important to keep pushing the media, right? So I guess we know what we have to do; just how do we get the interest after all of this time without so much as ONE clue?

dmvpenn
08-21-2005, 12:51 AM
ya know... it felt like 4 days was a life time... I am a :loser:

Meanwhile, you can go to www.richardanddanielle.com (http://www.richardanddanielle.com)

you be required to register... then I have to activate the account. I screen it for fruit loops, so try to use a username that I will know is you :D

meanwhile, called the pharamcy... i took some emtrol to help the nausea, although, i think that term is an understatement for what I am feeling. I really thought I could handle one beer. damn.


Oh no! Are you kidding? You only had 4 more days to go!!! I can't believe you got sick off of one beer - what a drag. I hope you're feeling better now, and I hope that the next four days pass quickly for ya'. :)

You're so very welcome. It felt right to be there to support you guys. I just wish that there was something more that I could do. Please be sure to keep me posted about what's going on, and ANYTHING you need. There are lots of us strangers that care; I just happen to be local to this case and so had the benefit of being able to attend.

D, you're in my heart. All of you are, especially after meeting you all last night. Really - please - don't hesitate to let me know if there's anything else I can do. I wish I could make this situation better for you all. Like I said a while back, I'm with you on this to the end.

BTW, is there an active and on-going discussion on your site? If so, I may sign up there soon in order to stay in the loop without making more work for you.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-21-2005, 12:51 AM
dmv, I almost forgot. Here's a link you might be interested in:

x Congress.org -- Write To Congress, the President and State Legislators (http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/)

Congress.org - Find National and Local Media (http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media/)

wenchie
08-21-2005, 08:50 PM
I'm sorry I didn't get to go to the vigil on Friday night. I heard a little blurb on Greta that sounded like she was going to be there, but I missed her show that night, too.

I hope that everyone keeps pushing and pushing to keep this in the news. I've noticed that I don't see as many signs around lately (like, in the local WaWa's).

HettyWainsleuth
08-21-2005, 09:47 PM
I am glad to hear the vigil went well, and that representatives of this forum were there.

I watched Greta's segment on Friday evening, with Richard's father. I just kept shaking my head...it's so perplexing. How could two responsible adults disappear without a trace like that? Greta said their credit cards have not been used, nor their bank accounts. Richard only took half his pay with him that evening. They couldn't have "disappeared themselves", i.e. just took off for another life somewhere, without money.

There were people all around that neighborhood that night. No one saw anything suspicious, like an attempted carjacking, or a tussle,an argument, or anything.

I am concluding that whatever happened to them that night didn't happen in the Abilene's vicinity, but probably back at Danielle's condo. The husband, Joe Imbo, seems very suspicious to me. But he would have needed help (I think) to get control over Richard and Danielle both.

If he did have help, an ideal place to dispose of two people and their vehicle would be in an abandoned coal mine, of which there are plenty in "coal country" up around Scranton, a drive of about 3 hours from Philly.

I think more searches should be done for this couple; maybe someone in the family can get Equusearch involved.

Just my opinions, with lots of prayers offered up for the families of the missing couple, and prayers to St. Jude and St. Anthony that they will be found.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-21-2005, 09:57 PM
I am concluding that whatever happened to them that night didn't happen in the Abilene's vicinity...I agree that it must have happened away from Abilene's. However, Richard's vehicle was not seen on the surveillance footage from any of the bridges back into New Jersey. So it seems unlikely that they ever made it back into NJ that night.

I think more searches should be done for this couple; maybe someone in the family can get Equusearch involved.That's a great idea. I'll look for a link.

ETA: Here it is: Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team (http://www.texasequusearch.org/)

dmvpenn
08-22-2005, 10:23 AM
Peeps,

The surveilleance footage was not conclusive as to whether or not they were seen going across the bridge. I think it is logical that it did happen closer to danielle's apt. And given the circumstances the police waited too long to search are danielle's. Imbo had time to clean up behind his nasty self. check out our web for all these dicussions. We have some spirited conversation around this. www.richardanddanielle.com (http://www.richardanddanielle.com) you will have to register!

And yes, the searches. Lord give me strengh to do that again. Peeps, I think, given it is six months, what exact could be left to find?

I agree that it must have happened away from Abilene's. However, Richard's vehicle was not seen on the surveillance footage from any of the bridges back into New Jersey. So it seems unlikely that they ever made it back into NJ that night.

That's a great idea. I'll look for a link.

ETA: Here it is: Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team (http://www.texasequusearch.org/)

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-22-2005, 11:26 AM
The surveilleance footage was not conclusive as to whether or not they were seen going across the bridge.Thanks for clearing that up. The only time that I've seen the bridge mentioned in articles, it states that his car was not seen going over the bridge, (as if it's factual). This is the first I'm hearing about the footage being inconclusive, (or maybe I'm just not remembering clearly - that's always a distinct possibility).

And yes, the searches. Lord give me strengh to do that again. Peeps, I think, given it is six months, what exact could be left to find?With Equusearch or some similar organization, you wouldn't be left to doing the searching by yourself. And if that is their specialty, they know the most likely places to search, the most organized way of searching, etc.

Even after 6 months, there are lots of things that can be found whether it's a license plate, a handbag, etc. Clues have been found to cases years after a person has gone missing. Please don't give up - you've done too much work. One or two more phone calls or e-mails never hurts. The worst that can happen is that an organization says no. But give it a try. Let me know if you need my help with any of this. You are also always welcome to pm me.

dmvpenn
08-22-2005, 09:50 PM
oh my tired heart. Ok... let me do some emailing...:confused:

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-22-2005, 09:53 PM
oh my tired heart. Ok... let me do some emailing...:confused:I'm so sorry, sweetie. I know it's been such a long time, and you've been working so damned hard. I wish we could somehow make things better or at least a little easier.

The good news is that it's only 2 more days 'til Wednesday! ;)

dmvpenn
08-23-2005, 06:32 AM
busted that rule, JG. :slap: I had a few drinks on Sunday and keylime Martini's yesterday. Got through it without incident! ;-)

Off to Toronto. Talk to you soon.

dmvpenn
08-26-2005, 02:04 PM
Jerseygirl et al.

I had a good laugh today... re-reading the burlington times article. Man is that story riddle with untruths.

Also, it got back to me the police are surfing my site. Suffice is to say, I hope they are putting on the more logical pieces together from the discourse that goes on.

I still cannot imagine, why Imbo's mother and brother refuse to come clean with the truth about Joe Imbo's relationship with Danielle. They are actually lying. I just don't get it.:banghead:

Going to make some racket over the weekend. Stay Tuned!!!

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-26-2005, 02:11 PM
Thanks so much for the update, dmv.

I'm happy to hear that the police are reading your site. At the same time, it always makes me a little worried to hear that. It makes me wonder if they're grabbing at straws. But please don't worry - in another case I follow, LE reads the forum to look for tips, (and do find them sometimes by concerned posters). And in that case, it seems that LE knows who their suspect is but is just trying to build a case.

I still haven't gotten over to your site to post. I'm going to have to find some time for that soon. I haven't seen the interesting tid-bits of information that are on your message boards. Maybe the reason for this disappearance will be more clear to me once I do.

Well, I'm looking forward to your racket this weekend. Please keep us updated!!!

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-26-2005, 02:16 PM
CourierPostOnline - South Jersey's Web Site (http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050821/NEWS01/508210331/1006)

... "Right now, we take strength in each other," said Imbo's mother, Felice Ottobre. "The only truth and fact that we know is that she is a young woman who went on a date and never came home again."

... Dr. Z. Benjamin Blanding, director of health, counseling and psychiatric services at Rowan University, said family and friends of a missing person may experience adjustment disorder or post-traumatic stress syndrome. The anxiety may cause someone to relive his or her initial shock and pain, and rethink what could have been done to change the situation.

"The situation is extremely debilitating for family and friends," he said. Crisis counseling can help to release anger and manage their emotions. It's important to balance staying optimistic and understanding the reality of the situation, said Blanding.

"We recommend that individuals have to take time with themselves," he said.

Another common reaction is depression, which can cause sleeping problems, loss of appetite and loss of interest with daily activities, said Roseanne Dobkin, an instructor of psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick.

Reaching out to family and friends for comfort and staying active in the investigation by posting fliers and other activities can help, said Dobkin...

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-26-2005, 02:19 PM
CourierPostOnline - South Jersey's Web Site (http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050821/NEWS01/508210332/1006)

... John Appledorn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of the Delaware Valley, declined to give the number of tips received, but confirmed the influx of calls has slowed...

Cooney said the pair's appearance on America's Most Wanted yielded a lot of calls, but most were not helpful.

"We've had some strange people call," he said.

Police are reinterviewing people they talked to at the beginning of the investigation. Cooney said officials hope new details and leads may emerge through the process...

The police eliminated the possibility that the couple voluntarily disappeared based on their strong ties to family, said Cooney.

Imbo has a 2-year-old son, and Petrone a teenage daughter.

The FBI in Philadelphia and Mount Laurel Police Department are assisting Philadelphia police.

John Ottobre, Imbo's brother, said FBI officials told the family Wednesday they will play a more active role in assisting the police in additional interviews of family, friends and acquaintances.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-26-2005, 02:21 PM
KYW Newsradio 1060 - News (http://www.kyw1060.com/news_archives_detail.cfm?newsitemid=48810)

... a prayer vigil was held in Atco, NJ Tuesday evening for Danielle Imbo.

Danielle's mother, Felice Ottobre, says detectives have come up empty handed:

"There is nothing, not one piece of evidence to indicate that she is not coming home. So I don't understand why anyone would ask us to give up that hope."

She's asking anyone with information about her daughter's disappearance to call the FBI.

Kuznits (a reporter asks) "What's been the most difficult part about this past six months?"

(Ottobre replies) "The missing her. The missing of her presence in our life. She's just a remarkable young woman."

dmvpenn
08-28-2005, 03:44 AM
http://kyw.com/news/local_story_239222129.html


Please pray that this is Richard's truck.

Bobbisangel
08-28-2005, 05:29 AM
http://kyw.com/news/local_story_239222129.html


Please pray that this is Richard's truck.


I hope it's his truck too. Maybe they will find some fingerprints that can be identified and they can get this case solved. For the sake of the families I sure hope so.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-28-2005, 07:48 AM
I wonder why police went to this spot in the Delaware in the first place. Was there a tip?

Dmv, I'm very conflicted on this. A part of me doesn't want this to be Richard's truck because I wish that they were okay but a part of me realizes that after all of this time, it's time for some answers.

They said that the activity was stopped due to poor weather conditions. Unfortunately, it looks as if today is going to be bad too. I hope they can get back in there very soon to find out one way or another. My hearts and prayers are with all of you. :blowkiss:

dmvpenn
08-28-2005, 09:54 AM
Jerseygirl,

I understand the ambvalnce about the truck being Richards. Part of me has believed all along that the truck was already crushed and in a million pieces. If that were the case, someone has been involved in the cover up and still knows something and hopefully the reward inspires them to come forward.

Also, given that another Dogde truck was stolen off of south street, in all likelihood it is not Richard's.

If it turns out to be Richard's, I will hold out hope that it provides some indications as to what could have gone on here. At the very least, it would reveal that the abduction happened locally.

If it is Richard's truck, I hope u know who is pooping his pants right now. For the love of all good things, justice must be served!

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-28-2005, 11:13 AM
Also, given that another Dogde truck was stolen off of south street, in all likelihood it is not Richard's.Was there definitely another?

In the video, they mentioned a truck missing from South Street but then said "hopefully it's not that truck" (or something similar). If that was merely a stolen vehicle, I don't think that they would be hoping it wasn't that truck. I got the impression that they were talking about Richard's truck and hoping it wasn't his for the obvious reasons.

dmvpenn
08-28-2005, 11:23 AM
Folks,

I need some email power. I just learned on the radio that the aforementioned water search will not commence until next saturday due to weather conditions. I think this is just absurd.

If anyone feels comfortable, please email the police and Feds and demand that the search resume immediately. Truth be told, the police have claimed that they had conduct extensive water searches for Richard's truck in the past. I say, if it was so dang extensive, how is is that they over looked a KNOWN Spot for car dumping and did not find all of these other vehicles months ago. I can tell you, I don't think they did any extensive searches and the earlier stages of this investigation have hinder a ton of progress.

It is nothing sort of torture of us to have to wait a week to learn if this is Richard's truck.

dmv

dmvpenn
08-28-2005, 02:27 PM
http://kyw.com/news/local_story_239222129.html

mysteriew
08-29-2005, 06:31 PM
Police denied reports yesterday that a crew was dredging the Delaware River in search of a vehicle belonging to Richard Petrone Jr., who with his girlfriend disappeared from the vicinity of a Philadelphia bar six months ago.

Nine vehicles were pulled out of the river yesterday, police said. Three to five remained in the murky water, but police said none was known to be a Dodge Dakota.
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/states/new_jersey/12503313.htm

EFYV
08-30-2005, 01:06 AM
I live in Philadelphia and have frequented both the restaurant and area (South Street) this couple went missing from. For those of you unfamiliar with this area, it is a particularly crowded "in-place" comparable to "The Village" in New York City. The restaurant is somewhere around 5th and South Streets, not too distant to the Delaware River. It is possible that after departing the restaurant, the driver accidentally or purposely drove the car into the Delaware River. :twocents: :twocents:



CBS 3: Couple Missing For Weeks (http://kyw.com/siteSearch/local_story_062104720.html)

Couple Missing For Weeks

Mar 3, 2005 9:46 am US/Eastern
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a couple whose families said disappeared more than a week ago.

Richard Petrone, 35, of South Philadelphia, and his girlfriend, Danielle Imbo, 34, of Mount Laurel, N.J., were last seen Feb. 19 as they got into Petrone’s truck on South Street after leaving the Abilene bar and restaurant, Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Joseph Fox said Wednesday.

Airport parking lots, bus facilities, railroad stations and hospitals have been searched and there has been no activity on either Petrone’s or Imbo’s credit cards or cell phones, Fox said.

Investigators also have not located Petrone’s black 2001 Dodge Dakota truck, with Pennsylvania tags YFH-2319.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

OriginalJerseyGirl
08-30-2005, 08:45 AM
I live in Philadelphia and have frequented both the restaurant and area (South Street) this couple went missing from. For those of you unfamiliar with this area, it is a particularly crowded "in-place" comparable to "The Village" in New York City. The restaurant is somewhere around 5th and South Streets, not too distant to the Delaware River. It is possible that after departing the restaurant, the driver accidentally or purposely drove the car into the Delaware River. :twocents: :twocents:It's true that you can drive the car into the river but I can't think of anyplace near the river that doesn't have some sort of fence or guard-rail or something that would take damage, making it obvious that a car went in. There might be some spot like that but I can't think of any.

dmvpenn
08-30-2005, 09:27 AM
IT IS Absolutely impossible that this was the situation, for more reasons then one. I have lived in Philadelphia all my life. If you survey any point, any access point to water, it is evident that there is NO WAY the driver, my cousin, drove into the river. There would have been evidence that along any of these points that truck went into the river. The path too and from the delawre have been search by independent search efforts and some to include the police.

I am a very practical person, and everything in my mind is a consideration in seeking the truth. That said, Richard had no motive or incentive to drive into the river. He was not that in love or obbessed with this girl, truth be told. Richard did not have emotional problems and was not violent.

The person that did this, knew where danielle was, had planned disposal of the the vehicle with the help of people who know how to get rid of cars. The car my friend, is an ash tray or a tiny piece of medal some where.


I live in Philadelphia and have frequented both the restaurant and area (South Street) this couple went missing from. For those of you unfamiliar with this area, it is a particularly crowded "in-place" comparable to "The Village" in New York City. The restaurant is somewhere around 5th and South Streets, not too distant to the Delaware River. It is possible that after departing the restaurant, the driver accidentally or purposely drove the car into the Delaware River. :twocents: :twocents:

dmvpenn
08-31-2005, 08:03 PM
Hey Jersey Girl,

Where have you been? Hoping you are ok and just settling the kids into school. I want to talk with about a structuring a march to washington that would include other groups and orgs that advocate for the missing.

Let me know when you can come up for air. :croc:

dmv

OriginalJerseyGirl
09-01-2005, 10:02 AM
I'm here, dmv. No school until the 6th. So we're just enjoying our last week of summer together. Let me know what your plans are - I'm definitely interested. I'm going to be working on the upcoming governor's campaign but it most likely won't be 7 days a week for me this year, (I did that during the presidential campaign, and it was a bit exhausting). But even if I do go 7 days a week, I can take a day off here and there if and when you need me to.

dmvpenn
09-01-2005, 08:49 PM
JG,

Ok sweat pea... here is the deal, I will be traveling over the next week. I just found out I need to be in NY till next sat. Yuk. In any event, I will outline the structure of what I want to accomplish. I will get some legal help to address the law and what I am demanding!

take care.. have a great holiday

OriginalJerseyGirl
09-14-2005, 09:37 AM
Old article explains why they searched the river in the first place:

CourierPostOnline - South Jersey's Web Site (http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050829/NEWS01/508290339/1006)

... An insurance company on Saturday had divers searching for cars in the river off the Kensington section of Philadelphia, FBI spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.

They found several, and rumors circulated for most of the day Sunday that one of them resembled a black 2001 Dodge Dakota in which Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone, a Philadelphia resident, were last seen.

"It's a false alarm. It's all unfounded," Williams said Sunday night. "There apparently was no car that was even similar to the missing vehicle."

dmvpenn
09-15-2005, 12:35 AM
JG,

Thanks for updating for me. Still now real progress to report on our end.:furious:

But I believe we are going to see some TV exposure soon. Hopefully, a stool pigieon will turn in a rat and we can start connecting the dots.

take care:)

OriginalJerseyGirl
09-22-2005, 12:06 PM
Bump for Richard and Danielle. 7 months and 3 days now ... :(

dmvpenn
09-25-2005, 07:13 PM
hiya JG! How is my buddy doing?

Yeah still nothing. :banghead: like I said, we need a stool pigion hemerage the truth. But Richard and Danielle, no doubt are in heaven. Maybe someday they will be able to make the sign to us more obvious.

How is life treating you?

OriginalJerseyGirl
09-26-2005, 07:41 AM
Life's been okay, DMV. Nothing outstanding going on but nothing bad either.

How are you? Anything going on with the case media-wise?

Rachael
09-29-2005, 11:01 PM
I just heard something about the case taking a dramatic turn on my local news. The story will be coming up soon. Hopefully they finally have some answers for the families!!!!

Rachael
09-29-2005, 11:12 PM
I must have heard something wrong. My local news just announced that the FBI is searching the country for the couple and they have no more answers then the day they disappeared. At least they are talking about them on the news again and hopefully someone will come forward.