Body at Ridley Marina Identified as James Amabile, Missing Since 2003


The Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that the body found in a submerged SUV in Darby Creek was identified through dental records as James Amabile, who disappeared in 2003, according to a release from Delaware County.

Amabile 38, had been on his way to a babysitter’s house Dec. 4, 2003 to pick up his two daughters and called to say he was running late. He never arrived, reports the 6abc Digital Staff.  

Crews removed the Ford Explorer from the Stingers Waterfront in Ridley Monday morning, March 28, after volunteer divers from Adventures With Purpose found the vehicle with human remains inside on March 19.

The Explorer and tags matched what was listed on a missing person’s report from 2003.

Adventures With Purpose specializes in cold cases where vehicles are involved, using sonar technology to track underwater.

The family contacted the divers in the hopes of finally getting an answer to Amabile’s disappearance and some closure.

James’ brother, Steve, believes his brother, a diabetic, slipped into diabetic shock and drove into the creek after making a wrong turn.

He described his brother, a Cardinal O’Hara graduate, as a family man devoted to his two daughters.

Read more at 6abc about the recovery of the SUV.