LIMA — Family and employees of a local restaurant owner are looking for any clues to where he disappeared to late Friday morning.
Susan Fricano said her husband of 22 years, Dominic Fricano, would not have just walked away from his family or restaurant.
“He would never leave like that. He just wouldn’t,” she said. “It was Friday. It was lunchtime. I think something happened.”
Fricano, 55, was last seen at 11:15 a.m. Friday leaving Viva Maria at the Lima Mall to run an errand. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Fricano, the owner of the restaurant, left in a white Chevrolet cargo van with the license plate FFW 1301.
Fricano stands 5 foot 11 and approximately 250 pounds, with brown eyes. He has black hair with touches of gray, and he currently has a beard and a mustache.
Susan Fricano contacted the Allen County Sheriff’s Office on Friday evening, and the office is investigating. Anyone with information should call the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 419-227-3535.
Employee Katelynn Stuber was the last to see Fricano. He told her he would be right back. Susan Fricano said it is not unlike him to leave for a few minutes to have a break before people started coming for lunch. He left with no one else there to make the pizzas, she said.
Stuber called Fricano on his cell phone at 11:25 a.m., but he did not answer. Soon after, the phone was turned off. She said the sheriff’s office has been able to determine through the cell phone that he was in Delphos just before 11:30 a.m. He would have no reason to be there, Stuber said.
“I know he didn’t just drive out of town,” she said. “He is huge family man. He has kids. He works open to close, seven days a week. He is a good man.”
Fricano came to the United States from Palermo, Italy, when he was 15 and has been making pizzas for nearly 36 years. Susan joined the business when the couple got married. They moved to Ohio in the summer of 2008 from upstate New York, where they owned and operated a similar restaurant.
The Lima Mall restaurant has been open since January. The couple had managed a restaurant at Lost Creek Country Club in Bath Township. They previously operated a small restaurant in Ada.
Susan Fricano is certain something happened to her husband.
“He just would not have done this,” she said. “He is always with us. He doesn’t go to bars or out with guys. He is a family man. He is either at work or at home.”
Family and employees are circulating fliers and calling people in hopes someone saw Fricano. Susan Fricano asks that any businesses in the area with outside cameras check them.