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Episode #110: Illonka Cann - Missing (1970)

In 1970, young stay-at-home mom, Ilonka Cann vanishes without a trace. 53 years later the mystery surrounding her disappearance still looms large over the quiet farming community of Shickshinny, PA.

Ilonka Cann

Birth: ~1948 - Death: Unknown

Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Female

Height: 5'6" - Weight: 122 lbs

Hair Color: Blonde - Eye Color: Blue

Other: Ilonka was pregnant at the time of her disappearance

Hometown: Shickshinny/Huntington Mills, PA - Luzerne County

Crime Scene: Unknown

Last Known Location Alive: Her home in Shickshinny (allegedly)

Injury Description: Unknown

Suspect Description: Unknown

Additional Information: State Police immediately launch an investigation after Ilonka was reported missing. Over 100 officers, along with volunteers from the Huntington Township Fire Company descended on the Cann’s sprawling property. They searched extensively the home, grounds, and neighboring farms, but turned up nothing.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Sgt. Karl Guers, “There was no sign of any violence. Their house was clean. As I remember, there were a few dishes in the sink. She just disappeared into thin air. We checked just about every inch of that farm. We’d done a lot of walking and tramping through woods, always looking for fresh ground or what might be a grave or something like that. She just disappeared off the face of the earth.”

DNA: Unknown

Dental: Unknown

Fingerprints: Unknown

1,2: Firefighters putting out blaze at Cann property 3: Police draining pond on Cann property

Aerial view of Cann property

Ilonka Cann Case Search Warrant
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If you have any information about what happened to Ilonka, please call the PA State Police in Shickshinny at (570) 542-4117.


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