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James Donofrio body found on Ohio River shoreline

Published: Tue, April 9, 2013 @ 1:27 p.m.

James Donofrio body found on Ohio River shoreline


The body of James Donofrio, owner of the former Avalon Gardens bar and restaurant on Belmont Avenue, has been positively identified today by dental records, the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s Office said today.

His body was recovered March 25, 2012, near Route 7, about a quarter mile south of Clarington, Ohio on the Ohio River shoreline, according to a Youngstown police news release.

Donofrio was reported missing on Sept. 26, 2011. Youngstown police found his Land Rover near the Market Street bridge in Youngstown, but an extensive search by police and firefighters failed to locate Donofrio along the Mahoning River near that vehicle in the first few days after he went missing.


1republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

It took a year to check dental records? Seems weird doesn't it?

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2NoBS(2758 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

First, condolences to the family. At least now they know.

I find it hard to believe the body would have made it that far, traveling the Mahoning, Beaver, and Ohio Rivers, with nobody spotting it. I wonder how he got there?

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

LOOK for sand trucks from Columbiana

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4Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Look, it is doubtful the body got down the Mahoning to the Ohio River, and then all the way south past Wheeling all by itself. Not without some help getting there by someone. Condolences to the family, I am glad there can finally be some closure, but something is not right about this whole thing. Sadly this is not the first time this kind of thing has happened in this town.

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