PAINESVILLE — Timothy Meola’s daughter found security cameras knocked down and blood in her father’s bathroom before describing the scene to a 911 dispatcher and reporting her father and his vehicle missing.
In the audio, released Monday by the Painesville Police Department, Miranda Meola told the operator at 11:44 a.m. Saturday that she couldn’t get in touch with her father so she came to check on him.
The house was unlocked, so she walked in, according to the audio recording.
“He was definitely robbed,” she said in the audio. “His car is not here. I don’t know if he was kidnapped or taken or tried to go for help.”
The dispatcher advised her to wait outside for police.
When police arrived, they found Meola’s body on the third floor, according to police.
Meola, 65, the owner of Meola Catering and Guyreino’s Deli on Lake Avenue, was the victim in an apparent homicide inside his home early Saturday.
Painesville police, homicide detectives, the coroner and state investigators converged on Meola’s century-old home Saturday afternoon to collect evidence.
As of Monday, the Lake County Coroner’s Office would not release any details about the case.
Police are still looking for Meola’s gray 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Ohio plates GWC-1718.
Meola owned the catering service and deli since 1973.
He’s also a graduate of St. John High School and Kent State University.
Anyone with information about this case, or the missing Jeep, is asked to contact Painesville police at (440) 392-5840.