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Owner of bar says Dombroski not drunk

The owner of the bar where Mark Dombroski was last seen alive said the teenager was not drunk when he left.

Frank Arnold, owner of the Dog House bar on Front Street, said: “He was not sober, but he was not intoxicated.

“That's why we allowed him to come back and forth. He was trying to co-ordinate his friends to get going back to the barracks where they were staying.”

Dombroski, 19, from Pennsylvania, was found dead yesterday afternoon at Fort Prospect in Devonshire, close to police headquarters.

Mr Arnold was speaking before the grim discovery was made.

The St Joseph's University student was in Bermuda to take part in the Ariel Re Bermuda International Sevens rugby tournament.

He was last seen at the Dog House at about midnight on Saturday and caught on CCTV a little more than an hour later on Middle Road.

Mr Dombroski was reported missing by his family later on Sunday morning after he failed to return to Warwick Camp, where he was staying with team-mates.

Mr Arnold said that he had a “personal interaction” with Mr Dombroski shortly before he left.

He explained: “He was going in and out of the bar with his friends. Some were inside, some were outside.”

Mr Arnold said he and another manager spoke to Mr Dombroski.

He added: “He was fine. He was not incoherent in any way.”

Mr Arnold said that Mr Dombroski had not been seen drinking inside the bar and that he was with his friends the entire time.

Mr Arnold added: “He wasn't talking to anyone else.”

He said that Mr Dombroski's parents had been to the bar on Sunday to look through hours of CCTV footage.

Mr Arnold said: “He did look agitated in the video that we saw, but we figured from the interaction it would seem like he was agitated because he wanted to go back to the barracks — not because he was angry with anybody.

“There were no altercations.”

Mr Arnold added that he expected detectives to record the bar's CCTV footage from Saturday night.

He explained: “We have multiple cameras throughout inside and outside.”

Mr Arnold confirmed that photos of Mr Dombroski seen on social media were captured by the bar's CCTV system.

He added: “Those photographs were taken maybe two minutes before he was last seen.”

Mr Arnold said that he had contacted other Front Street bar owners to see if they had additional information about the missing man but had no success.

The Dog House (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published March 20, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated March 20, 2018 at 10:10 am)

Owner of bar says Dombroski not drunk

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