Police still investigating Meola murder


PAINESVILLE — Police are holding their cards close to the vest when it comes to the on-going investigation of homicide victim Timothy Meola, a popular Ashtabula caterer.

Meola, 65, owner of Guyreino’s Deli/Meola Catering on Lake Avenue in Ashtabula, was found murdered in his home on Sept. 7.

“I can only say that our detectives are still processing information and following up on leads in the investigation,” said Lt. Toby Burgett, an officer with the Painesville Police Department.

Painesville police detectives and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the homicide. BCI processed evidence from Meola’s house on Sept. 7 and his vehicle, which was found three days later at an Euclid apartment complex.

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

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

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

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 any information about the case is asked to call the Painesville Police Department at 440-392-5840.

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