1pm Press Conference Regarding Missing 19 Year Old Mark Dombroski

Mon, 2018-03-19

Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police James Howard – Good Afternoon Members of the Media & Public,

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is conducting a full investigation into the disappearance of 19 year old American visitor Mark Dombroski. Mark is a freshman student at St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Mark, is a member of St. Joseph’s University rugby team, that came to the island on Thursday, March 15th to compete in the 2018 Ariel Re Bermuda International 7s Rugby Tournament. There were 20 teams, both local and overseas, competing.

The tournament finished on Saturday afternoon (March 17th). It then appears that Mark along with friends and family went out to socialise.

The last time he was seen by his family and friends was a few minutes after 12am Sunday, March 18th at The Dog House (a local restaurant and bar) on Front Street in the City of Hamilton.

At 9:39am Sunday, March 18th police were officially notified of his disappearance by a family member. Police enacted their missing person protocols and commenced trying to locate Mark, including a concerted media and social media campaign, which saw updates throughout the day and night.

As part of the investigation police are conducting an extensive review of the island wide CCTV network in order to ascertain his movements, if possible.

Police can confirm that CCTV footage now indicates that Mark was seen alone at 1:09am Sunday, March 18th walking east along Front Street just past the junction with King Street. He was wearing a green T-shirt, khaki pants and black shoes. He appeared to be using a cell phone device.

The latest indication so far is that at 1:15am he was seen walking east on Middle Road, Devonshire near Shelton Road.

A coordinated search is being done. Areas of East Broadway and Crow Lane have been checked.

The BPS Marine Unit have scoured Hamilton harbour. The police, his family and members of the community have searched the environs of the City including restaurants, bars and hotels – all with negative results.

We continue to search specific areas as information develops.

The Bermuda Police Service is working with local and overseas partners to advance the matter, with the primary goal to locate Mark as soon as possible.

The Bermuda Police Service is aware of the high level of interest in this matter and appreciates all the assistance that is being offered. We are aware of the efforts on social media and thank members of the public for their interest and assistance.

We urge though, that all search activity be coordinated through the police to capture all information accurately and to avoid duplication of efforts. There is an investigative process being followed and we request the cooperation of the public in this regard.

We are developing a community strategy that will identify key ways the community can mobilise and assist with the search for Mark.

Anybody with information that may assist us in locating Mark is urged to contact police.

In particular, persons that may have personal security cameras in the Middle Road, Devonshire area that may have captured activity around 1:15am Sunday, March 18th are asked to review their footage for anything that may assist police.

All information should be directed to the Senior Investigating Officer Acting Detective Inspector Karema Flood on 247-1150, 717-2086 or by e-mail kflood@bps.bm, as well as Detective Sergeant Jason Smith on 247-1218, 717-0864 or by e-mail jsmith2@bps.bm.