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Community Gathers To Search For Missing Man

SCRANTON — Friends and relatives of a missing man from Lackawanna County joined search teams Wednesday as the effort to find Frank Bonacci intensifies.

Volunteers first gathered on Green Ridge Street around 5 p.m. It’s their second night searching for Frank Bonacci, 24, from Dunmore who’s been missing since Saturday morning. They now have help from police and Pennsylvania Search and rescue.  They don’t have much to go on, very few clues. They say it feels like Bonacci just vanished.

Whether they knew him or not, volunteers stopped in a shopping plaza in Scranton and started passing out flyers. Police and searchers are already out looking through wooded areas.

It’s the second day of a full-scale search but the fifth day of little sleep, stress, and worry.

Bonacci was last seen sometime Saturday morning after going to a party with some of his friends. Police say he drove off alone and hasn’t been seen since.

Police don’t have much more to go on, so search parties have no real direction.  They’re looking for any lead.

“We’re trying to but it’s been five days, and if Frankie went off the road we don’t know. We don’t have enough resources to cover the ground. We don’t know where he is, and that’s very scary. We know he was at a drinking party, so that’s scary,” said Joyce Piccolino.

Bonacci’s family has spearheaded the search so far, by circulating flyers in Dunmore and Scranton and sending his picture to people online.

Police have interviewed people at that party in Scranton Friday night but, so far, nothing suspicious. Still, police think Bonacci may be in danger because a cell tower in Dunmore picked up his phone’s signal Saturday and it hasn’t been used since.

Family members say he would never leave without contacting them.

“We have not heard anything since Saturday, not a call. He hasn’t said ‘I’m here, I’m there.’ He pretty much just fell off the face of the earth and we don’t know where he is.”

Volunteers and police will be out searching for any leads for a few more hours Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dunmore police, or the Bonacci family has set up an anonymous tip line at 570-390-7013.



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