9 Years Later: Will Billboard Solve Missing Couple Cold Case?

It’s been nearly a decade since a couple left a South Street bar and disappeared without a trace.

Despite the years gone by, law enforcement authorities aren't giving up in their search for the South Jersey woman and her boyfriend who disappeared without a trace nine years ago Wednesday.

The FBI in Philadelphia says it plans to put up a digital billboard featuring a photo of Richard Petrone and Danielle Imbo in hopes someone can provide clues to their disappearance.

Imbo, of Mount Laurel, and Petrone, who lived in Philadelphia, were last seen leaving the now-defunct Abilene’s bar on Philadelphia's South Street on Feb. 19, 2005. Petrone's Dodge Dakota pickup truck was never found and the couple's cellphones, bank accounts and credit cards weren't used after their disappearance.

Imbo was 34 and Petrone was 35 at the time they went missing – each left behind children.

Officials believe the two may have been the victims of a murder-for-hire plot, but will not say why.

On the fourth anniversary of their disappearance, FBI agent J.J. Klaver explained why they won’t rest until they get answers -- even if the couple has been declared dead.

“When it comes to murder, we don’t give up,” Klaver said.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports a $50,000 reward is being offered for information about the couple's whereabouts. Anyone with information is asked to call either the FBI at 215-418-4000 or the Citizens Crime Commission tipline at 877-345-TIPS or 215-546-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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