HUNTINGTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— Police continued to search a rural Luzerne County property on Wednesday in connection to a missing person case that is more than 50 years old.
Cann vanished without a trace from her home near Shickshinny in 1970. Investigators reopened the case and are searching a property as part of that investigation.
On Wednesday, Eyewitness News spoke with Cann’s sister who said despite the passage of a half-century, their family still feels pain and loss.
“I wish we could find her. We want to bring her home,” said Anita Harless, Ilonka Cann’s sister.
Harless said the mysterious disappearance of her 22-year-old sister, Ilonka Cann, still haunts her family.
“I think that people think you know you do relearn how to laugh and interact with people. You carry on with your life but when you lose someone literally that loss. It’s a loss feeling that never goes away, it’s always there,” Harless told Eyewitness News.
State police and detectives from the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office continue to search a wooded area and ponds at a property on Cann Road in Huntington Township.
The pregnant mother vanished on May 26 of 1970. Sources close to the case say her husband returned home that day to find their 15-month-old baby alone and crying, there was no sign of Ilonka.
Despite numerous searches by police over the last six decades, no sign of Cann was ever found.
Harless said this new search is giving the family hope.
“You know when I heard about it I was just hopeful so hoping that it means something that’s there going to be some kind of result that you know maybe my sister that we’ll know what happened to her,” Harless said.
Eyewitness News reporter Andy Mehalshick asked Harless if she knows what might have happened.
“Of course, there’s been speculation but it’s speculation,” Harless explained.
She said her sister was a loving person and deserves justice.
“She was kind probably that’s the first and foremost. She was thoughtful, she tried to make everybody around here feel comfortable. She loved little animals she would taken the baby animals home nurture them. She would expand that to people times ten,” Harless concluded.
Investigators have not officially confirmed this search is part of the Cann disappearance.
Officials only said the search is part of a decades-long missing person investigation.
Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce released a statement saying the search warrant affidavit has been sealed by the court. That paperwork, once it is unsealed, should provide some insight as to why investigators are searching that property near Shickshinny.