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I-Team: Luzerne County family seeks answers in disappearance of loved one 15 years ago


PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The family of a Luzerne County woman who disappeared 15 years ago this weekend says they will never stop searching for her.

44-year-old Shelva Rafte from Pittston was last seen alive on May 29, 2006. The family of Shelva Rafte tell Eyewitness News they believe she was the victim of foul play and they hope that one day the person responsible will appear at Luzerne County Court.

The sisters of Shelva Rafte have been trying to solve the mystery of her disappearance for the past 15 years.

“You really never forget. You’re always wondering what do you need to do or you ask yourself what happened and where is she? It never ends. We need some resolve, hopefully some closure,” said Shirley Masters, Shelva’s sister.

The family last saw her alive at her daughter’s college graduation party in Nicholson on May 28th. They learned that later that night she had walked from her boyfriend’s home in Jenkins Township to her home on Cleveland Street in Pittston, but never made it home.

“I think there has to be somebody who saw something or knows something and we have a substantial reward the family has put up for any information at this point,” Joanne Decker, Shelva’s sister said.

Pittston Police say despite the passage of 15 years, this is not a cold case.

“I, being the newest member of the team, a fresh set of eyes, often times things that were overlooked or information that comes up,” said Sgt. Kyle Shumosic, Pittston Police Department.

Pittston Police say if you have any information, no matter how insignificant you may think it may be, to give them a call. 

Andy Mehalshick Eyewitness News

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