A business man initially reported as missing on November 30th has reportedly been found alive in Arizona, according to an Internet posting on social media late Saturday and confirmed with a family friend.
Dominic Fricano, 55, owner of the Viva Maria restaurant in the Lima Mall, was found dehydrated and confused, but alive in Arizona according to a family friend who spoke with Fricano's wife, Susan. Family members were already on the way to pick him up. The contact with Fricano was also announced on a Facebook page setup to share information about the search.
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Details were still sketchy late Saturday, but the family friend was told by a second source, an employee of the restaurant, that Fricano found himself in a Walmart parking lot with his fuel tank on empty, very confused. He then called his wife.
Susan Fricano confirmed that her husband was found with a Facebook post: "It is true...Dominic is alive. I cannot believe that as you wake up on this beautiful Sunday that you can see that Dominic is ok. He is dehydrated and has not eaten in over a week but he will be ok. He does not know exactly what has happened and lost some time and is confused but after some fluids and rest we pray that he will be returned to normal."
Fricano's son Joe also confirmed he was found with a posting on Facebook: "To anyone who is saying that things seem fishy, with all do respect, don't jump to ridiculous conclusions. We now know my father is alive and measures are being taken to ensure his safe return home. More information will be posted as we learn it, and I just ask everyone to remain calm, and keep praying until he is actually home. I thank everyone who has been praying, and I thank those who have been faithful to my family from the bottom of my heart."
The Allen County Sheriff's Office continues their investigation.