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Lima business owner reported missing

The owner of a West Central Ohio restaurant was reported missing over the weekend.

Dominic Fricano (pictured), 55, of Lima, was last seen Friday morning around 11:15.

Dominic's wife, Susan, said her husband would not walk away.

The Fricanos own and operate Viva Maria in the Lima Mall.

Mr. Fricano was last seen leaving the restaurant to run an errand in a white 2004 Chevy Express Cargo Van with the license plate FFW 1301.

Fricano is 5'11", 250 lbs, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a beard and a mustache.

Mrs. Fricano contacted the Allen County Sheriff’s Office Friday evening. Deputies are continuing their investigation.

Employee Katelynn Stuber was the last to see Fricano. He told her he would be right back.

Stuber called Fricano on his cell phone at 11:25 a.m., but he did not answer. Moments later the phone was turned off. The sheriff’s office determined through the cell phone that he was in Delphos just before 11:30 a.m.

Fricano came to the United States from Palermo, Italy, when he was 15 and has been making pizzas for over 35 years. The Fricanos 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 previously operated a small restaurant in Ada.

Anyone with information about Fricano should call the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 419-227-3535.

You can also call the family at 567-712-0982.

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