Police looking for tips to solve Meola murder


PAINESVILLE — It’s been nearly 18 months since a popular Ashtabula caterer was found murdered inside his Painesville home.

The probe into the death of Timothy Meola, 65, owner of Guyreino’s Deli/Meola Catering on Lake Avenue in Ashtabula, continues to be an active ongoing investigation, said Toby Burgett, administrative lieutenant of the Painesville Police Department.

“There is no new information at this time, however, our detective bureau is still pursing all leads and tips,” he said. “We encourage the public to contact us with any information they may have to assist in the investigation.”

Painesville police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation worked together on the homicide. BCI processed evidence from Meola’s house on Sept. 7, 2019 and his vehicle, which was found three days later by maintenance workers at an apartment complex in Euclid.

Meola’s daughter, Miranda Meola, 38, reported her father’s disappearance.

She called police shortly before noon when her father didn’t show up for a catering job and couldn’t be reached by phone. She told the 911 dispatcher that she found the door to his Mentor Avenue home unlocked, security cameras knocked down, blood in a bathroom and her father and his vehicle missing.

When police arrived at the home, they discovered Meola deceased upstairs.

Police put numerous bulletins out for Meola’s vehicle, including a photo of the make and style of Meola’s Jeep. A caller spotted the vehicle parked between a dumpster and clothing collection box in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Euclid.

Meola was a graduate of St. John High School and Kent State University. He owned the catering business for 40 years and was well known in the community.

Anyone with information should contact the Painesville Police Department at 440-392-5840. 

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