When South Jersey couple Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone vanished from South Street in February 2005, rumors circulated that Carey was the hit man who made them disappear.
A law-enforcement source said authorities eyed Carey but never declared him a suspect. And a source familiar with the Port Richmond area in which Carey ran part of the drug operation said that street talk had implicated Carey in the couple's disappearance.
Yesterday, FBI Special Agent J.J. Klaver said investigators don't have any suspects in the case, despite a $50,000 reward.
Still, he acknowledged, many investigators believe a murder-for-hire motive led to the couple's disappearance. On Feb. 19, 2005, Petrone, 35, and Imbo, 34, were having drinks with another couple at a South Street bar and left together shortly before midnight in Petrone's black 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup.
No one has seen or heard from them since. The truck was never found and their credit cards, bank accounts and cell phones were never used again.
The Citizen's Crime Commission is still offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to their whereabouts. The public can call 215-546-TIPS (8477) to give information.
In their statement issued Tuesday afternoon on the eighth anniversary, the FBI issued the following statement:
"The FBI, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Division are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo (née October). The pair was last seen at 11:30 p.m. on February 19, 2005, leaving a bar (formerly Abilene’s Bar) on 4th and South Streets in Philadelphia, in Petrone's 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. Investigators have reason to believe that Petrone and Imbo were victims of foul play; neither the couple nor the vehicle have been found. Richard Petrone was a single parent living in South Philadelphia, and worked full time at his family’s business, Viking’s Pastries, in Ardmore, PA. Danielle Imbo, who was estranged from her husband, was living in South Jersey with her infant son and was working in the mortgage industry."
On the eighth anniversary of their disappearance, investigators are again asking the public for help in concluding this case. Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to call the Philadelphia Citizens Crime Commission Tipline at 215-546-TIPS (215-546-8477).
There is a $50,000 reward for information about the whereabouts of Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo and/or for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
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