Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Disappearance of John DeMarino

Source: News and Sentinel

John DeMarino vanished under mysterious circumstances on January 30th, 2019. The then-51-year-old was last seen during the evening at Uncle Mike's Bar in Parkersburg, West Virginia. John ordered a beer at the bar, drank half of it, then got up and walked away. He has never been seen or heard from again.

John was driving his mother's silver Ford Escape on the night of his disappearance. Four days later, the car was found abandoned at a Love's Truck Stop in Conneaut, Ohio. The vehicle was unlocked, and a phone charger and loose change were found inside. However, there were no further signs of John himself.

The car had reportedly been there for 3 to 4 days by the time it was reported. It's worth noting that the area where the vehicle was found is located on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border; an approximate three and a half hour's drive away from where John was last seen in Parkersburg. It's unknown why John would travel there, or if he even drove the car there himself. 

Before his disappearance, John had been living with his mother in Spencer, West Virginia for about five months after splitting up with his wife. He kept in frequent contact with his two children: a 19-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old-son. John's family members were immediately worried when he fell-out-of-touch. 

Additionally, the circumstances surrounding John's disappearance are quite suspicious. As previously noted, he vanished after ordering a beer at a bar and drinking just half of it. An employee who saw John get up midway through his drink thought he was just going to the restroom - but he never returned at all. It's unclear what caused him to abruptly leave, and his fate since then remains unknown. 

Years have passed without any clues to John's whereabouts. His disappearance is now considered a cold case. Detectives from both Roane County and Spencer are in charge of the investigation. If you have any information that could lead to John's whereabouts, please contact the Roane County Sheriff's Office at 304-927-3410 or the Spencer Police Department at 304-927-5616.

Charley Project
News and Sentinel

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