The Disappearance and Death of Joey Labute

Joseph “Joey” LaBute Jr., age 26, was last seen early Saturday morning at 12:30AM on March 5th, 2016. He was last seen by friends and cousins walking to the bar to get another drink at the Union Cafe (782 N. High St.) in the Short North district of Columbus, Ohio. LaBute’s 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer was found where he parked it on Friday night, March 4th. After Joey LaBute left the table around 12:30 a.m. his cousins and friends frantically called and texted. The last text received from Joey LaBute’s cell phone at 1:22a.m. Saturday simply read: “Jnhstioj.”
On March 30th, a body was pulled from the Scioto River, later identified as Joey LaBute. Columbus Police consider the death suspicious and the coroner believes Joey Labute died before entering the water.