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It sounds as if you have quite a few good people working on this, but, if you ever need a helping hand in any way, I've worked in a number of news markets and work with alot of people who can help. I don't seek reward, I just hope for a resolution so you can either have Richard home or celebrate the holidays and live in the peace you deserve. Let me know if I can help, and, if you're OK on that end, just know that my family and I are praying for you! Love, John
John Stone, Saturday, December 13, 2008


Amen,cousin. Amen. And you and Marge and the entire family have enormous spiritual support for every human who learns of this case. rnrnI am honored know such an amazing man and women as you and Marge. Honored. rnrnAll my love, Always.rnDonna
donna, Wednesday, November 12, 2008


To all who have visited and posted at this site since its inception I would like to say a few words about a matter that I have so far not discussed. But first I would like to thank Rolando (Lands) for all of his efforts and dedication on behalf of our family and his dear friend in establishing and maintaining this web site and providing a place for us to post our thoughts.rnrn

Throughout this nightmare ordeal I have often been asked what, if anything, is going on in terms of an investigation. The answer is a lot. I would have never thought such an effort would still be under way more than 3 years later. Not a week goes by without contact with some division of law enforcement both local and federal as well as private organizations and individuals who are actively involved in this case. The investigation is being pursued on numerous levels and in many states. The work is painstakingly difficult and slow. However during this period we have met a group of men who symbolize everything that is good about our country and in particular our law enforcement. They are men possessed of integrity, dedication, and devotion all too rarely seen in everyday life. And to a man they have promised that this case will not end until justice is served.rnrn

While we deal in the lost days, the holidays and special occasions that all too cruelly mark Richard's absence, law enforcement operates on a different time frame. While we seek truth and justice as they do, they also accumulate the facts that will guarantee the successful prosecution of the individuals responsible for this crime. While we stress the fact that its now 1300 days of living "normally" for these criminal scum, law enforcement reminds us that they will spend the rest of their pathetic lives in prison (hopefully thousands upon thousands of days) once this case is brought to trial.rnrn

Know that this case is being investigated intensely by the finest group of men we could hope for. We know that when we lay our heads down at night Richard is being well served. His day of reckoning will come. In the meantime, thank you for your posts. They are a positive force and we look forward to your thoughts and prayers, and especially your memories of Richard.rnrnrnrnrn
Richard Petrone Sr, Monday, November 10, 2008


I feel bad even asking this, but is there ANY chance that Danielle and Richard aren't dead? I mean, is there a chance that they left for some reason?
Kate, Saturday, October 25, 2008


When I first saw this story a few years back I was frightened beyond belief that two people could just vanish on a busy street like South Street. As I read more and more, it was not long that I figured it was the Danielle's husband behind it. I feel so sad for Richard's family, I am praying for them. We have not forgotten these two young beautiful people.
Fran-Jenkintown Pa, Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Happy birthday Rich! Hope your causing (hell) up there in heaven! lol We will never forget your great spirit around here. Music will be your way of sticking around all of us. Everyone of us has a special song/group that brings us back to you. May your family find peace in knowing how many lives you touched with just your smile. Trudy
Trudy Morgan, Friday, September 5, 2008


happy birthday, Richie....rnrn
cuz'n donna, Sunday, August 31, 2008


Wishing you peace on your son's birthday!rnWords could never communicate., but, may the memories that you hold deep within your heartrnhelp to soothe you...rnrnrnhappy birthday richardrn
cass,tom and matt fay, Saturday, August 30, 2008


"When i despair, i remember that all through history...the ways of truth and love have always won. ..There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible..but in the end they always fail. Think of it always" MAHATMA GHANDI To my dear nephew on his gift to you is a simple prayer...may your heart and soul be at rest...possessing a peace and tranquility only few can own...may it be yours...i wish this for you..luv auntie
aunt lisa, Thursday, August 28, 2008


"And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God." Aeschylus.


As we prepare to celebrate the 4th birthday without your smile the wisdom that the Greeks spoke of has not yet come. The solitary question "Why" dominates most days. I think I know the answer but the proof is slow to come. The truth is obvious except to those who choose to be blind. Truth is eternal. Proof is a man made term. Faith is what keeps us moving forward. Faith in the man working this case for over 3 years without giving up. Faith in their efforts and dedication and integrity. Hope is another matter altogether. Although we remain hopeful there are times our spirits sag. You start to feel, as if,


"Hell's brewin, a dark sun's on the rise
rnThe storm will blow thru bye bye
rnHouse is on fire, viper's in the grass
rnA little vengeance too shall pass
rnThis too shall pass, yeah I'm gonna pray
rnRight now all I've got is this lonesome day


On days like this I turn to my music or my books to try and gain some insight or understanding. I know evil exists and shit happens. But you were such a gentle soul. A good soul. A moral person. But that was not enough. I know the good die young. The highways' jammed with broken heroes. And maybe it's what Hemmingway wrote in A Farewell to Arms: "If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will you too but there will be no special hurry."


I've been listening to Springsteen a lot these last few days. It brings me closer to you but it's a sword that cuts both ways. There's the many memories of all the shows we saw together - and the ticket stubs you saved - and I can see you so clearly in my mind and your expression and excitement when certain of our favorites were played. And for a moment or two I can hold onto that warm feeling, remembering the rides to and from the shows and the talks afterward. And then reality steps in and I realize that is gone forever.


Whenever I feel lost I turn to the poets, the people who with words try to make some sense of our time here on earth. Not surprisingly Springsteen has been a constant source. He recently wrote about the death of a friend


When they built you brother
rnthey turned this dust to gold
rnWhen they built you brother
rnthey broke the mold
rnThey say you can't take it with you
rnbut I think that they're wrong
rnAll I know is I woke up this morning
rnand something big was gone
rnGone into that dark ether
rnwhere you're still young and hard and cold
rnJust like when they built you brother
rnand broke the mold
Richard Petrone, Thursday, August 28, 2008


Richard - Happy Birthday to you. We will never forget your endearing smile, your warmth, and wonderful personality. You are the best! Love, Rosemarie
Rosemarie Bonavitacola, Thursday, August 28, 2008


My brother and Rich played ice hockey together for the Gladiators, and my dad was their coach. My family and I think of Rich and his family all the time, and still cannot believe what has happened to Rich and Danielle. We pray that justice will be served and that the families can find peace. Rich will always be in our hearts.
Marian Kelly, Monday, August 4, 2008


While I was visiting Brigantine a week ago, I heard about Richard's disappearance. I am so shocked and saddened. I met Richard at Holy Rosary School. I remember sitting in class with him, being at recess, friday nights at the coliseum and, of course, numerous skating parties. I also remember how great of a hockey player he was even at such a young age. Richard was such a sweetheart and I had the biggest crush on him. I am sorry for all of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Have faith. Justice will prevail.
Claudia Kompa, Monday, August 4, 2008


does the fbi kwow who was the target of the murder for hire scenario? also, do they have an idea who the person or persons are who carried out this plot? rnmy sympathy goes out to both families, and i sincerely hope that whoever did this is caught ,and given the ultimate punishment, i.e., the death penalty.this is absolutely despicable.
pamela devereux, Saturday, July 26, 2008


i used to work with Dannielle,at National Future Mortgage i was just thinking about her and how nice of a person she was she is a one of a kind person i hope and pray for her.Just thought i would reach out, keep the faith
Paul Cirino, Thursday, July 3, 2008


To my wonderful cousin. I listen to the news. I read the papers. I see the pictures. It all seems so surreal. The memories I have of you, with you, are unforgettable and irreplacable. I will always remember my smiling, jolly, happy, free-spirited Godfather the way I knew him. When I was younger I would always run and hide when I knew he'd be coming over to avoid a tickling attack from him. He knew how ticklish I was. Or the times we'd work at the bakery together fooling around. He always knew how to put some fun into a boring moment.I looked up to him like he was a big brother- a role model. And so I end this note to you my cousin with love and so much hope that someday you will have your peace that you so rightfully deserve. I miss you incredibly and think of you always. LOVE, YOUR GODAUGHTER
Your Goddaughter, Thursday, June 19, 2008


I can't believe it's been 3 years already. The recent news that Rich & Danielle's disappearance was a murder for hire came as no huge surprise. People don't just vanish, unless it's well planned. It would seem my initial suspicions of who is responsible are pretty close to everyone else's. rnrnRich and families, you are in my thoughts always. Keep faith in the fact that he will be punished.
Jim Taylor, Wednesday, June 4, 2008


When I find myself in times of trouble rnMother Mary comes to me rnSpeaking words of wisdom rnLet it be rnAnd in my hour of darkness rnShe is standing right it front of me rnSpeaking words of wisdom rnLet it be rnrnAnd when the broken hearted people rnLiving in the world agree rnThere will be an answer rnLet it be rnrnFor though they may be parted there is rnstill a chance that they will see rnThere will be an answer ....rnLet it be rnrn
cuzn'n donna, Monday, May 26, 2008


My heart goes out to both families. I feel like Richard got caught up in Danielle's husbands plot to murder her. I cannot wait till the day they arrest him. I cry when I read the comments from Richard's dad, the anguish in his words is so upsetting. I hope both families know that people have not forgotten this story after 3 years. Two people and a truck do not just disappear without a clue, someone will talk or something will turn up that will help solve this horrible crime. I am so sorry that this had to happen to two loving families. I am praying for you for a miracle.rnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrnrn
Frances, Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I came upon this website by accident, but was immediately taken by the senselessness and heartbreak of Richard and Danielle's disappearance. I somehow feel connected as I am also Italian and understand what family means to us. To have your loved ones disappear into thin air is one of the hardest things that can happen to a family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Carole-Citrus Heights, CA, Monday, May 19, 2008


I can't believe it's been 3 years. You come across my thoughts from time to time. I wonder if there was a break in the case. It angers me and I pray. I hope the Lord will lead you to comfort. I pray you get closure. The closure that brings your family back together. God Bless you. My heart goes out to you.
Daniele Berzin from Texas, Sunday, May 11, 2008


Just sitting here thinking about you and I wanted you to know. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Diane Price, Sunday, May 4, 2008


Please let me convey my condolences first of all and though I cannot feel the extent of your pain, you have my utmost sympathy. I have followed this case for several years and it amazes me that two people and a vehicle can disappear with no clues. I have recently read that there are new clues in the case, though I have not heard what they are. Looking at your website, I was wondering if any research has been done on local waterways and the possibility that they may have accidentally become submerged. Following several other cases when multiple people have disappeared with there vehicles, it usually involves water. I noticed there was a significant waterway in the route of travel. This has been bothering me whenever I come across this case and whether the theory has been explored. Once again my prayers are with you and both families involved.
Tracy Hoover, Monday, March 31, 2008


climbing up on solsbury hill i could see the city lights.wind was blowing time stood still eagle flew out of the night.he was something to observe, came in close i heard a voice.standing stretching every nerve i had to listen had no choice.i did not believe the information had to trust imagination my heart going boom boom boom."son" he said "grab your things i've come to take you home".
dad, Saturday, March 22, 2008


On this highest of holiday, God Bless you, Richie. Watch over your family and shed some peace and comfort to them from you.rnrnKiss the "gang" and my nan for me.
Cuz'n Donna, Friday, March 21, 2008


I am glad to see that finally the police/FBI know that this was a Murder for hire plot! Danielle was the target and poor Rich just fell in love with the wrong girl!rnrnWe ALL know who is behind this murder and I can't wait until the day I read that he has been caught(along with his mobster cronies) and sent to the big house!rnrn
dana gallo, Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Im sorry to grace your page with anger, as you were never an angry soul. But it pisses me off that some motherFer got away with murdering you and Danielle. I wonder if I had been quicker and came down and had that beer with you. That you might have stayed out longer, talked about good times past... given you another day on Earth. But I realize that some scumbag had Danielle in their sights and you were caught in the mix. Gee, I wonder who had everything to gain and evrything to lose by her death? In this life or in death, those responisible will pay. My sin is a lust for wrath and vengance for your killers, my friend. One way or antother, sooner or later, your death will be avenged and I will be at peace. Until then, I will wait. Time is on your side and we shall meet again.
Derek, Saturday, March 15, 2008


Three years now- it came so fast, yet it took so very long. rnrnTo the heartbroken family and friends of Richard and Danielle:rnrnAs a Mother who lost a daughter tragically, rnI know something of your pain, rnbut many of my questions were answered, rnOh God all of yours remain.rnrnTogether you all share and suffer, rnin that horrid nightmare without end.rnThe questions have gone unanswered, rnbut this is the end of this trend.rnrnNow more than ever, rnyou must all find the strength to believe, rnthat new hope soon will be arriving, rnand with it the answer indeed. rnrnMay God Bless you all…rn
Valerie Morrison – Roxborough, PA, Friday, March 14, 2008


I just stummbled across your tragic story lookin for another tragic story. In the United Kingdom where i live A 9 year old girl who has been missing for 3 weeks was found inside a bed alive with a man who had been keeping her against her will.But feel at least she is safe now.Although i dread to think what has happened to her. But your pain just goes on and on bless you all.Cant begin to imagine the pain of the people left behind in this sad story. Emma x x x
Emma Parr, Thursday, March 13, 2008


This is messed up. Somebody knows something and they aren't saying it. Where? Why? To the person(s) who they are- SPEAK UP! Clear your conscience. Ease the hearts of these loved ones and the children of these two. My heart goes out to the friends and families of Richard and Danielle.
Scott M. - NE Philadelphia, Monday, February 25, 2008


I was watching TV tonight and saw Richards name show across and thought I would look further into what realy happened. My thoughts and prayers go out to both of the family and friends of these to young ones. I pray that you get the peace you need when they are found and all the questions are answered. Now you have one more person looking out for them in Springfield, MornrnMay the Lord Bless both families with answers,rnKarinrnrnrnrn
Karin K, Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Dear Rich and Marge, I've been thinking about since the awful day Richard and Danielle were reported missing. You probably don't remember me, but I was a good friend of Marge's sister Maria, who I miss everyday of my life.rnrnMany years ago, I met you all down the shore and had a great time. I pray that you get answers to what has happened but wanted to let you know that you are not alone, and they are not forgotten.
Debbie, Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Rich and Marge you are ALWAYS in my heart, and in my prayers. God Bless
MJ, Tuesday, February 19, 2008


I am praying that you all find the answers you are so desperately needing soon. I have been following this case and praying for both families. I also put a banner on all my websites that I have for missing persons so maybe that will help in some way. God bless you all!rnrnJanet
Janet, Monday, February 18, 2008


Even though I never met Danielle and Richard, I will never forget them. I think about them all the time and I pray for an answer for the families of both.
Jen, Monday, February 18, 2008


so very sad and i have being following the story. i really hope this gets solved soon. juctice has to be served!!!rngod blessrnmartina rnireland
martina, Saturday, February 16, 2008


Richie,rnrnIts seems like a lifetime ago since we have seen eachother, but the memory of our friendship and the things we did together will live strong in our memories and our stories of all the crazy things we did together still and bring a smile to us. We miss you and your kindness. My heart and prayers go out to you and Danielle, and your families.rnYou will never be forgotten! I know you are in heaven and peace is all around you, and I pray your family knows God has you in his arms now and nothing can harm you now.
Billy Mancini and Tony Mancini, Saturday, February 16, 2008


To the Families: I want you to know that your children ARE NOT forgotten. You had mentioned this today on Smerconish and my heart just ached for you all. Even though we never met I think of them often and pray this horrible mystery is solved. Best wishes.
Jana, Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Richard...I think about you all the time. I miss our talks and I miss you.
Ellen Roder, Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I pray these new leads bring you closer to finding out what happened to Richard and Danielle. Stay strong and know that we are thinking and praying for you.
margo ahart, Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I wanted to let you know that the story of Richard and Danielle hasn't been forgotten. I think about them all the time and hope and pray that some answers come to light. There have to be people that know about this, and I only hope they have a conscious and will help ease your pain and give your family the answers you deserve.
Friend, Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Rich and Marge, I am glad I got a chance to talkrnto you today. I was quite surprised to see channel 10 New on my doorstep, but was really rnglad they have new leads. I am stil prayingrnfor them, in the hope they will catch and punishrnwhomever for this horrific deed.rnrnI also explained to channel 10, there is no suchrnthing as "closure, when you loose a child. I hoperneveryone got that message. God Bless you and Rich. Missy and I are thinking and praying e/dayrnrnSandy and Missy Russo
sandy, Monday, February 11, 2008


Dear Richard - rnyou may be gone from our sight rnbut never our memory...rngone from our hearingrnbut never our hearts...rngone from our touchrnbut your "presence" will always be feltrnand the love that you gave your familyrnand friends will never depart.rnrnWe miss you. rnrnLove, Rosemarie, Joe and Justinrnrnrnrn
Rosemarie Bonavitacola, Wednesday, February 6, 2008


I wrote about your family's search for Rich for the Inquirer. I'm no longer there, but I still think of you. This new development shocked me. Stay strong.
Natalie, Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to you and the Ottobre family. Although I am no longer directly involved with the investigation, I still continue to ponder the facts and look for ideas and/or leads that may bring us all some closure. You guys and this case are both deep inside of me. Best Wishes.
Sgt. Tim Cooney, Wednesday, February 6, 2008


My thoughts are with you and your family. I pray that one day soon you will all have closure and some piece of mind. rnrnTake care of yourselves, your children would want that.
Dawn, Wednesday, February 6, 2008


All I can say is, "Heartbreaking."
A friend in PA, Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Richard & Marge: My prayers remain with you in you quest for closure, and join yours in the hope for a miracle that will bring Richie and Danielle back to you. Miracles do happen. It is my fondest wish that one happens for you.rnrnAncient Friend, Joe LaCerra
Joseph LaCerra, Tuesday, February 5, 2008