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Still no sign of missing business owner

Published: Fri, September 30, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.


The Vindicator ( Youngstown)

James Donofrio

By Ashley Luthern



City firefighters and divers from the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department continued combing the Mahoning River on Thursday for the owner of Avalon Gardens.

The search for Jim Donofrio, 64, who has been missing since Sunday night, was unsuccessful.

Donofrio’s white SUV, with his wallet, briefcase and iPhone inside, was found about 7:30 a.m. Monday under the Market Street bridge downtown. Thursday was the third day investigators searched the nearby river.

Capt. Mark Milstead, of Youngstown police, confirmed that a railroad employee told police he saw a man matching Donofrio’s description on the tracks near the Market Street bridge early Monday. The railroad employee told police the man jumped off the tracks in the direction of the Mahoning River.

Milstead said detectives have “run down every lead that’s been presented to us.”

He added that the department does not consider this missing-person case to be related to that of a Cleveland-area businessman who also was reported missing Monday.

Patrick Borally, 41, of Lyndhurst, east of Cleveland, was last seen at the banquet hall he owns, Villa di Borally, about 1:30 p.m. Monday. Borally was last seen driving a dark-blue 2005 Dodge minivan with Ohio license plate TAKEOUT, according to media reports.

Back under the Market Street bridge, Donofrio’s family and friends used the site as a base of operations to continue the search Thursday but said they won’t be back today.

“We won’t be here again. We can’t keep doing it,” said Nancy Donofrio, Jim’s sister-in-law.

Donofrio’s family and Youngstown police said they have received offers of help from many people, from the strangers who brought search-and-rescue dogs to canoe clubs.

Family gathered at St. Christine Church on the city’s West Side on Thursday night for a prayer service.

Anyone with information is asked to call Youngstown police at 330-747-7911 or anonymously at 330-746-CLUE.


1applebee(2 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

my heart breaks for this family!!!
there needs to be some sort of closure for them to this puzzle... hopefully for the best!!!

so many questions???

wonder how deep they have searched into his phone records, have they compared the
voicemail on the high school friends phone to other voicemails on the family's phones
to decide wether it was even him on the friends voicemail? use of technology to see
the voice waves???

with the saturday Vindy article about the wonderful updates to the Avalon... have they
brought anyone in for questioning under suspicion of foul play such as past interested
buyers of the Avalon? If not, why?

could he have jumped on the train and be somewhere totally different?
where was the train's destination?

had anyone odd been around the Avalon in the past month?

has anyone in his residential neighborhood noticed any odd cars parked on the
road lately that could have followed him that night and have been watching his
schedule patterns of coming and leaving the bar and house?

did the Land Rover get impounded to be dusted and checked for DNA, hairs, etc?

has the FBI or any other law enforcement other the the YPD been involved?

will there be further investigation or have the called it quits?

I feel like i could go on for days asking questions?

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2southsidedave(5072 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

A real mystery. Why would he jump in the river? Seems he had everything to live for. I pray this story has a happy ending.

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3Leana(5 comments)posted 3 years, 9 months ago

Thank you to everyone for your kind words and prayers. If you know anything at all about his disappearance please contact the Youngstown Police. We all love Jimmy and just want him home.

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