Mark Dombroski, 19, went missing in Bermuda while on a rugby team tour with St. Joseph’s University on Sunday night. His parents, Lisa and John Dombroski, and two brothers are making an emotional plea for the public’s help. An island-wide search was launched for Mark and news abou the student quickly spread nationwide. Hours later, a Bermuda spokesman shared that a body was found during their search. Shortly after that, Bermuda police announced that Mark had died, Fox News reported. A cause of death isn’t yet known. Here’s everything we know so far about Mark. This is a developing story.
1. Mark Dombroski Was Last Seen on Closed Circuit TV at 1:15 a.m. on Sunday
Mark left The Dog House Bar around midnight on Sunday morning, reports said. The last time Mark was seen was on CCTV was about an hour later at 1:15 a.m., 1.5 miles away from The Dog House Bar on Middle Road, The Philly Inquirer reported. Around 1:09 a.m., he was spotted on another CCTV camera.
Mark is Caucasian, 6-feet tall, slender, and has close-cut blonde hair, Bermuda Broadcasting Company reported. He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt, khaki pants, and black shoes, according to the Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s press release.
Police have said it’s too early to know if foul play is involved and this is being treated as a missing person case. “There is concern for his well-being,” police said. A $1,000 reward has been offered for information about where he is.
If anyone has photos or videos that might aid in his search, or any information, they are asked to call 441-295-0011 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 800-8477.
2. His Rugby Team Was in Bermuda for an International Tournament
Mark was in Bermuda with St. Joseph’s rugby team to participate in an international tournament. College teams from across the country were in Bermuda for the Ariel Re Bermuda International 7’s Tournament. Mark’s team was supposed to return to the U.S. later on Sunday. St. Joseph’s is a Roman Catholic Jesuit University.
Members of the local rugby teams and members of the local community searched for Mark on Sunday along the railway trail and other areas on the island, according to the Bermuda Rugby Football Union’s press release.
3. Mark Had Hurt His Shoulder and Wasn’t in a ‘Celebratory Mood’
Mark’s mom, Lisa, said her son didn’t have any major mood issues and was mostly find, except he wasn’t in a celebratory mood because he had hurt his shoulder. Mark is from Media, Pennsylvania and graduated in 2017 from Archmere Academy in Claremont, Delaware.
4. The Dog House Is a New Bermuda Bar That’s Only Been Open Since Late 2017
The Dog House Bar in Bermuda has a 4.1 out of 5-star ranking on Google reviews. Most reviews refer to it as one of the best club spots in Bermuda, except for one review written five days ago by Marisa Maggs which reads: “Had a bad experience here and horrible service. The only bad experience we had in Bermuda. Would not recommend this place to anyone.” Facebook reviews give it 4.6 out of 5 stars.
It’s a new bar that just opened around August 2017, listed as a dance & night club. The bar is located on 93 Front Street (lower level), below Cafe Cairo, which is also owned by the same man, Frank Arnold. Front Street is “covered with cameras,” as one visitor noted, which is why there are videos of Mark before he disappeared. The Royal Gazette described the Dog House as a bar with a “strong American slant,” including decor fashioned from old homes in Pennsylvania. The bar has multiple TV screens for watching live sports and a stage for live performances.
5. Mark Was Found Dead During a Search by Bermuda Authorities, and the Cause of Death Isn’t Yet Known
On Monday afternoon, a spokesman for the Bermuda police said that authorities had found a body while searching for Mark. They later shared that this was the missing Pennsylvania student, Fox reported. Authorities have not yet said how Mark died.