HUNTINGTON MILLS, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)— There are breaking developments in the case of a Luzerne County woman who went missing 52 years ago.
State police and county detectives are searching a pond and wooded area near Shickshinny in connection with that disappearance.
Investigators are not officially commenting on the focus of this investigation, but sources close to the case tell eyewitness news the focus is the disappearance of 22-year-old Ilonka Cann in 1970
That search is taking place in the area of Cann Road near the intersection of Waterton Road. The area has been sealed off by police. Eyewitness News saw a marked state police vehicle securing the area as well as other unmarked police vehicles coming and going from that area.
Sources close to the case told Eyewitness News it involves the disappearance of 22-year-old Ilonka Cann.
She went missing on May 26, 1970, from her home in this area. Cann was pregnant at the time of her disappearance and her husband reported her missing.
There have been numerous searches for Cann in that area over the years but they failed to find any sign of her.
Eyewitness News reporter Andy Mehalshick spoke with Cann’s sister several years ago at an event at Wilkes University that was the focus of missing persons.
“It’s always on your mind. You go on live a life and it could be a good life but I always miss her,” said Anita Harless, Ilonka Cann’s sister.
Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce issued this statement on the search.
“The state police and our office are conducting a search of a rural property in Huntington Mills, followng up on a decades-old missing persons case. This search is the next step in a long investigation. All information related to the search is under seal. So do not expect to have further comment in the near future. If today’s activity results in any information which can or should be made available to the public, we will notify everyone in the media so it can be released. Otherwise, we cannot comment further on the investigation.”A release from the District Attorney’s Office
Again, that search continues tonight, Eyewitness News has been told the focus is a pond in that area of Huntington Mills.