Remains found by divers in Darby Creek identified as man missing since 2003

When James Amabile went missing on December 4, 2003, he went to pick up two children from the babysitter and never showed up.
RIDLEY TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- The remains found by divers at the bottom of Darby Creek have been positively identified as James Amabile, a man missing since 2003, according to the medical examiner's office.

Ridley Township police said the divers, who are volunteers with Adventures With Purpose, had been contacted by Amabile's family, who hoped to help provide closure as to what happened to their loved one.

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Chopper 6 was overhead after an SUV was removed from Darby Creek on Monday, March 28. Human remains were found in the vehicle earlier in the month.



"When the man went missing on December 4, 2003, he went to pick up two children from the babysitter and never showed up at the babysitter's house," said Captain James Dougherty of the Ridley Township Police Department during an interview earlier this month.

The divers called police after making the grisly discovery on March 19.

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On Tuesday, officials with the medical examiner's office said they were able to identify Amabile through dental records.

Adventures With Purpose says it specializes in cold cases where vehicles are involved. It uses sonar technology to track them underwater.

Police say the docks have not been replaced in the nearly 20 years since Amabile went missing, and divers say one of the dock's piling punctured the hood of the vehicle.
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