The couple was last seen leaving the South Street bar Abilene in the late evening of February 19, 2005.
They were riding in Petrone’s black 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck with Pennsylvania license plate YFH 2319.
Investigators have turned up a few promising leads in the 11 years since, but have found neither the couple nor the truck.
The FBI believes their disappearance was no accident, and not a crime of opportunity.
They say Petrone and Imbo were the victims of a professional hit job at the hands of more than one person.
“This didn’t just happen. We feel this was an orchestrated act,” said the FBI’s Christian Zajac in 2015. “A 3,000 pound truck and two people do not simply go missing.”
“Somebody has to pay for this. They killed two innocent people for no reason. Danielle was a wonderful girl too, a wonderful mother,” Richard Petrone’s mother, Marge, told Action News last year.
There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Anyone can submit an anonymous tip through the Citizens Crime Commission.
The number is 215-546-TIPS.
The FBI, Burlington County (New Jersey) Prosecutor’s Office, and Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Division are seeking the public’s assistance as they continue to investigate the disappearance—11 years ago today—of Danielle Imbo (née Ottobre) and Richard Petrone, Jr.
Imbo and Petrone were last seen in the late evening hours of Saturday, February 19, 2005, leaving a bar on South Street in Philadelphia.
They were riding in Petrone’s black 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck.
An extensive investigation to date has generated some promising leads; however, neither the victims nor Petrone’s vehicle have ever been located.
The Imbo-Petrone investigation remains open and active, and there is a $50,000 reward for information about the couple’s whereabouts or for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for their disappearance. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to call the Philadelphia Citizens Crime Commission tip line at 215-546-TIPS (215-546-8477).
Public Affairs Specialist Carrie Adamowski (215) 418-4135
Gone, but never forgotten…Forever in the thoughts and hearts of so many…Richard, watch over your family…Please give them closure in some way…
-Alyce Patrone Penna, February 19
Dearest Richard: Woke up today and you were right there in my thoughts. I think of you and I picture you in beautiful surroundings (heavenly like). You are always shining brightly. You are at peace. We all love you and you will be in our hearts forever. Love, Rosemarie
-Rosemarie Bonavitacola, February 19
Dearest Marge Rich and Family, On this heartbreaking anniversary my thoughts and prayers are always with you, I pray for closure for you and your family. And that your Dear Sweet Richard warmth surround you always. Always With Love, Cass, Tom, and Matt Fay Xxxooo
-Cass Fay, Monday, February 15
Much more information on the case can be found at http://www.richardpetrone.com/