FBI puts couple who vanished in 2005 on digital billboard

Posted: February 20, 2014

INVESTIGATORS hope bright lights can rekindle the public's memory of Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo and help solve the mystery of their disappearance nine years after they were last seen leaving a South Street bar.

The FBI said it plans to unveil a digital billboard seeking the public's help. Imbo, 34, and Petrone, 35, went missing without a trace after they were last seen leaving the former Abilene's on South Street about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2005.

Petrone's 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was never recovered and there was no evidence that their cellphones, bank accounts or credit cards were ever used again. Investigators have said they believe Petrone and Imbo were victims of foul play, previously stating that the couple may have been victims of a murder-for-hire.

Petrone, a single parent living in South Philly, worked at his family's bakery in Ardmore. Imbo, estranged from her husband, worked in mortgages and lived in Mount Laurel, Burlington County. Imbo's estranged husband, Joseph Imbo, allegedly had words with Petrone before the disappearance, according to initial media reports. Joseph Imbo was questioned by police, but was not charged.

Tipsters may call the Philadelphia Citizens Crime Commission tip line at 215-546-TIPS (-8477).

A $50,000 reward is offered for information about the whereabouts of Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo and/or information leading to an arrest. Tipsters can remain anonymous.


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