---- It may be one of the biggest missing-person mysteries in the Mid-Atlantic.
A young couple and their vehicle vanished into thin air way back in 2005, and there has not been one solid clue to help authorities figure out exactly what happened. The FBI says 34-year-old Danielle Imbo and 35-year-old Richard Petrone Jr. were dating at the time they vanished. Relatives on both sides say the couple were parents to one child each, and they would never choose to leave their families in limbo.
It was Feb. 19, 2005 when the FBI says Imbo and Petrone walked out of Abilene’s bar on South Street in Philadelphia. Reports say that on that particular evening they’d met another couple and had a few drinks. After leaving the bar, they got into a black 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup, and then disappeared without a trace.
No calls, no activity on their accounts, no sign of the truck — for more than a decade, there’s been nothing. Three years after their weird disappearance, the FBI made a public announcement about the case: one that was shocking to many. According to NJ.com, agents were no longer treating this as a simple missing-persons investigation. In fact, it’s now being handled as a “murder-for-hire” situation. But who would want to harm these two? If the FBI or other local investigators know, they aren’t saying.
CrimeFeed reached out to the Philadelphia division of the FBI. Special Agent William F. Sweeney, Jr. said, “Last year, around the 10th anniversary of their disappearance, we did receive some promising leads which we continue to follow up on. So this case remains very active – and we will keep pushing. There’s a sense of closure that both families need, and the victims deserve justice.”
According to ABC 6, the FBI believes not only was this a professional hit, but it’s likely that more than one person was involved. Christian Zajac with the FBI said in 2015 to news stations, “This didn’t just happen. We feel this was an orchestrated act. A 3,000 pound truck and two people do not simply go missing.” ------------ This is an intriguing missing person's case, because basically we've had ZERO evidence of these folks after they dissapeared. No bodies... no motive... no vehicle, it was like their truck got snatched up by a UFO. When you think about how nowadays, we have cameras everywhere, if this happened today, we would have been able to see something. Even with their cell phone pings, etc. But for a couple just to vanish is really scary.