Pennsylvania couple Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo were enjoying a night out at a bar in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 19, 2005. They have not been seen nor heard from since. The couple has now been missing for 14 years, 7 months, and 11 days.
Reunited High School Classmates
Petrone and Imbo knew each other from high school. In fact, Imbo’s best friend, Christine, was Richard Petrone’s sister. After not seeing each other for quite some time, the two reconnected and things clicked.
At the time, Petrone was a single dad to a teenage daughter and Imbo was raising her 18-month old as she was going through a divorce with her husband.
After about 10 months of dating, things got complicated. Imbo’s ex-husband was attempting to get back together, and it was too much for her. She decided she needed to focus on being there for her son, so she told her ex and Petrone that she needed space.
The Night The Couple Disappeared
Approximately five weeks later, Petrone reached out to Imbo to see if she wanted to grab drinks and listen to some live music at Abilene’s Bar off South Street in Philadelphia. Imbo said yes, and the couple met up with two of Petrone’s friends on Saturday night, February 19, 2005.
After enjoying a night of drinks and local music, Petrone and Imbo walked out of the bar around 11:45 pm and were never seen again. Petrone’s black and silver 2001 Dodge truck went missing as well.
Although no one knows what happened to the couple, it has been reported that the FBI suspects a hitman was involved.
Renewed Interest Using Updated Technology
Nearly 15 years later, no substantial information has been discovered about this tragic case.
However, a recent update to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) technology may be able to renew interest in Petrone and Imbo’s disappearance, along with many other missing persons in the Pennsylvania area.
NamUs allows family members, friends, and law enforcement to input pertinent data about missing persons and unidentified bodies. Although only eight states have passed laws requiring all information about missing persons to be entered into NamUs, PA Rep. Lynda Culver is putting her support behind passing a bill that would require authorities to utilize the NamUs technology.
Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo have now been listed in NamUs. The use of this technology can give their loved ones renewed hope of finding out what actually happened 14 years ago.