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James Donofrio: Missing restaurant owner from Ohio Found

UPDATE:  4/9/13 –  A body that was found near Clarington on the shore of the Ohio River on March 25, 2012, has been identified through dental records as belonging to James Donofrio.
Chief of Detectives Capt. Mark Milstead said the department was told that it is estimated that Donofrio’s body was in the water for about six months before it was found, which roughly coincides with when he went missing, reports Trib Today.

Both Foley and Milstead said they “it was possible that it somehow [Donofrio’s body] floated down the Mahoning River and into the Ohio River.

”We may never know,” Foley said.

Cause of death was not released.

UPDATE: A conductor has come forward and said he saw a man jump off the tracks toward the riverbank of the Mahoning River around 3:30 a.m.,  Monday morning.  The conductor said he lost sight of him after that.

Volunteers having been scouring the banks of the river looking for missing James Donofrio, 64, the owner of Avalon Gardens in Youngtown, Ohio, since his Range Rover was found under the Market Street bridge.  He has not been seen since Sunday.

Previous story:  James Donofrio, 64, an owner of the Avalon Gardens bar and restaurant on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio was last seen on Sunday.

James had gone to the bar around 9:00 p.m. on Sunday to close the bar and never returned. 

When the police talked to the employees they said that James never showed up.

James’ Land Rover was found un the Market street bridge near Covelli Center.  His briefcase, iPhone and credit cards were still in the car.

If you have any information about James, please call the Youngstown police at 330-742-8911.

2 thoughts on “James Donofrio: Missing restaurant owner from Ohio Found

  1. a train conductor said he saw a person matching the description at 3:45 am walking along the tracks. do we take his word or investigate further. after all this is Youngstown.

  2. Better yet why didnt the damn idiot report it or call it into somebody that a guy was just 10 feet in front his train? James wife is my brothers Godmother. They are a beautiful large italian family that dont deserve this crap.

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