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03-04-2005, 01:46 AM #1
PA - Richard Petrone, 35, & Danielle Imbo, 34, Philadelphia, 19 Feb 2005 - #1
CBS 3: Couple Missing For Weeks
Couple Missing For Weeks
Mar 3, 2005 9:46 am US/Eastern
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Police are asking for the publicís 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 Petroneís 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 Petroneís or Imboís credit cards or cell phones, Fox said.
Investigators also have not located Petroneís black 2001 Dodge Dakota truck, with Pennsylvania tags YFH-2319.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.
03-07-2005, 03:52 PM #2Registered User
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Still No News?
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.
P.S. How do I attach the link with my own title?
03-07-2005, 05:47 PM #3
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.
03-07-2005, 07:50 PM #4Registered User
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March 5th ArticleOriginally Posted by JerseyGirl
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."
Last edited by JrZyChris; 03-07-2005 at 07:52 PM. Reason: Crazy links all over the place!
03-07-2005, 10:49 PM #5
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!
03-08-2005, 02:34 AM #6Registered User
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I posted this link on the missing forum also. A website has been set up for Danielle at
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
03-08-2005, 08:54 AM #7
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 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. Letís also not forget her amazingly efficient network of fellow musicians who are pitching in as well. Especially Jannel Rap www.jannel.org who will be organizing a benefit concert for Danielle. Jannelís 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"
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?
03-08-2005, 09:02 AM #8Originally Posted by JrZyChris
03-23-2005, 05:15 PM #9Former Member
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UPDATE on Richard and Danielle www.richardanddanielle.com
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
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?
04-15-2005, 07:46 AM #10
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.
04-18-2005, 11:25 AM #11
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.
04-18-2005, 11:50 AM #12
Article from April 8, 2005
Groups plan separate searches for missing couple (phillyBurbs.com)
"... 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..."
04-18-2005, 11:52 AM #13
From April 6, 2005
Family organizing search party to seek missing couple (phillyBurbs.com)
... 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...
04-26-2005, 04:30 PM #14
I haven't found anything about this case in days. I'm thinking of you.
05-01-2005, 10:44 PM #15Former Member
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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.
05-01-2005, 11:58 PM #16Registered User
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I check the website of the large Philly papers
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!
05-02-2005, 01:22 AM #17Former Member
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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?
05-02-2005, 07:57 AM #18Originally Posted by gatetrekker44
05-02-2005, 11:34 AM #19Registered User
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Why are these postings gone now????
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.
Forget the car accident theory.They
have searched, by land,
air, water e/thing,
Did you hear the one
(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
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
05-02-2005, 11:55 AM #20Originally Posted by PoorPaulaNNJ
05-02-2005, 12:38 PM #21Former Member
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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.
05-02-2005, 04:33 PM #22Registered User
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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.
05-04-2005, 08:38 AM #23
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.
05-04-2005, 10:20 AM #24Former Member
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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.
05-04-2005, 10:24 AM #25
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.
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