OH Frank Arthur Cerimele, 21, Youngstown, July 14th, 1969

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  1. victoriarobinson642

    victoriarobinson642 Well-Known Member

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    VIA NAMUS (The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)):

    Demographics
    Missing Age - 21 Years
    Frank Arthur Cerimele

    Sex - Male
    Height - 5' 10" (70 Inches)
    Weight - 150 lbs
    Race / Ethnicity - White / Caucasian

    Circumstances
    Date of Last Contact - July 14, 1969
    NamUs Case Created - December 4, 2020
    Last Known Location Map
    Location - Youngstown, Ohio 44502
    County - Mahoning County
    Circumstances of Disappearance - Frank Arthur Cerimele went to International Bar located at 1710 Poland Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio to meet a friend. Cerimele never returned to his Westside residence in Youngstown, Ohio. Cerimele's vehicle was located in the International Bar parking lot.

    Physical Description
    Hair Color - Brown
    Eye Color - Hazel

    Clothing
    Blue or white button-down shirt

    Clothing
    White Bermuda shorts

    Clothing
    Tongs (possible typo?)
     
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    ChatteringBirds Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, a case from 1969 just being added to NamUs.
    I feel for his family, who must have reported him missing back then but didn't find out what happened to him.
    Tongs Maybe some kind of sandals?
    Some people call flip-flop sandals "thongs."
     
  3. mlhenn

    mlhenn Well-Known Member

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    Youngstown police seek info on man they just found out has been missing since 1969 | WKBN.com

    Cerimele was last seen on July 14, 1969, according to the initial report. His car, a 1968 Pontiac Grand Prix, was found in the parking lot of the old International Tavern at Poland Avenue and Center Street a couple of days after he was reported missing. The building is still there today.


    Although Cerimele is missing, he was never entered into any of the missing person databases that law enforcement frequently use, such as the state Attorney General’s website, which has a section for information on missing persons and unsolved homicides, and the National Missing and Unidentified Person System, better known as NAMUS.

    Now that Sweeney knows he is missing, he has entered DNA information for Cerimele into NAMUS, which can be matched to remains found across the country.
     
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    CastlesBurning Well-Known Member

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    From your link. Frank Cerimele – The Charley Project
    Interesting info, bolded by me.

    Frank Cerimele was last seen in Youngstown, Ohio on July 14, 1969. He lived on south Richview Avenue on the west side of the city at the time. He has never been heard from again.

    A few days after he was last seen, his 1968 Pontiac Grand Prix was found parked in the back of the parking lot of the old International Tavern at Poland Avenue and Center Street, near a bluff that leads to a set of railroad tracks behind the old Republic Steel plant. It was unlocked and the doors were open, and there were no indications of any disturbance.

    For unclear reasons, Cerimele's initial missing persons report was mistakenly closed after his disappearance. It wasn't until 2020 that authorities realized he was still a missing person and reopened the investigation. Cerimele's loved ones stated he cherished his car and wouldn't have left it overnight in an unfamiliar place.

    Police realized Cerimele was still missing when someone contacted them with information on the unsolved disappearance of Joanne Coughlin, who went missing from Youngstown in 1974, and mentioned Cerimele's case as well. It's unclear if the two cases are connected, however, and little information is available in Cerimele's disappearance.

    Investigating Agency
    Youngstown Police Department 330-742-8268

    The car was found in a tavern parking lot with doors open?
    We could think up a lot of speculative scenarios for why the doors were found unlocked and open and he disappeared. It points to someone being involved besides just Frank himself, IMO.
     
  6. victoriarobinson642

    victoriarobinson642 Well-Known Member

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    Photo from the Charley Project
     

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    Charley Project refers to them as beach slippers...so I bet you’re right.
     
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    Charley Project: "Police realized Cerimele was still missing when someone contacted them with information on the unsolved disappearance of Joanne Coughlin, who went missing from Youngstown in 1974, and mentioned Cerimele's case as well. It's unclear if the two cases are connected, however, and little information is available in Cerimele's disappearance."

    There's a suspect in Joanne's disappearance: Robert Shughart (and it's also mentioned Howard Rodriguez).

    Charley Project: "By 1975, he (Shughart) was already suspected of having some involvement of multiple murders that had happened in the local area. The killings were believed to have been retribution because all of the victims were either police informants or had spoken about local drug activity."

    I've noticed that Frank's photos on NamUs appeared to be mugshots... I wondered if he may have been involved in something illegal and when he tried to leave that world, Shughart or someone else murdered him.
     
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    Interesting theory...and very plausible.
     
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    Diane Redfern Well-Known Member

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    I agree that the photos look like mugshots.
     
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    Yes, that is a reason the car doors might have been open.

    However, I've read some missing person's cases where the car was found with doors open and the person was thought to be suicidal. The case of Wynn Lindsey from Hawaii (still active) included the location of his vehicle with car doors left open. This could be a call-for-help kind of signal as it's odd behavior.

    But I think with Cerimele the case is just about the fact that he was wearing thongs for footwear (spelled Tongs). Those are sandals that would tough to walk in. Any lengthy walk would start cutting your feet: they are meant for beach relaxation. Thus, I think that he was, in fact, abducted. If he did harm himself then his footwear would strongly suggest that he wasn't going far from his car and would be found. Thongs aren't the kind of footwear you would walk very far in at all.
     
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    MadMcGoo Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Several updates to his Charley Project profile.

    Details of Disappearance
    Cerimele was last seen in Youngstown, Ohio on July 14, 1969. He went to the International Tavern in the 1700 block of Poland Avenue to meet a friend. He lived on south Richview Avenue on the west side of the city at the time. He never returned home and has never been heard from again.

    A few days after he was last seen, his 1968 Pontiac Grand Prix with the Ohio license plate number K 960 m was found parked in the tavern parking lot. It was unlocked and the doors were open, and there were no indications of any disturbance. Cerimele's loved ones stated he cherished his car and wouldn't have left it overnight in an unfamiliar place.

    For unclear reasons, Cerimele's initial missing persons report was mistakenly closed after his disappearance. It wasn't until 2020 that authorities realized he was still a missing person and reopened the investigation. Police realized Cerimele was still missing when someone contacted them with information on the unsolved disappearance of Joanne Coughlin, who went missing from Youngstown in 1974, and mentioned Cerimele's case as well.

    It's unclear if the two cases are connected, and little information is available in Cerimele's disappearance.
     

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