'People are concerned': Family desperate to find man last seen in December


Isabel Hughes - Delaware Online

A former funeral director who family members describe as a "very caring person" has been missing for nearly two months, and the desperation to find him is mounting.

Daniel Lodovici, 63, was last seen Dec. 7 by neighbors, his sister, Maria Pry, told Delaware Online/The News Journal.

He was reported missing to New Castle County Police earlier this month, and on Friday, the department issued a Gold Alert for him. He's described as a white man who is 5-foot-8 with brown eyes and weighing 150 pounds.

Lodovici most recently lived in New Castle County, Pry said, but also lived in the Lewes and the Rehoboth Beach areas.

He had moved to Delaware from Pennsylvania about 15 years ago, and was a funeral director for 40 years, until about 2016. That meant he knew a lot of people, Pry said.

"He's been a godfather to different people, he's an uncle, he's a great uncle, a brother, a son — you name it," Pry said. "Our parents are both passed away, but we have a boatload of cousins that are concerned, aunts and uncles that are still out there.

"Every day I get a call or a text, 'Hey, did you hear anything?'"

Pry, who now lives in Ohio, said she and Lodovici grew up in a small town, where everybody knew one another.

"Everyone around us was basically a relative, so he's not street smart, he's not a tough guy," Pry said. "People are concerned."

New Castle County Police said Lodovici has a medical condition that has heightened their concern. They did not elaborate on what that condition is, but ask anyone who sees Lodovici or knows where he is to contact police at 302-573-2800.

Tipsters can also submit a tip anonymously by text. Send a text to 847411 with NCCDE in the text field and the tip.

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