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.
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.”
1,2: Firefighters putting out blaze at Cann property 3: Police draining pond on Cann property
Aerial view of Cann property
If you have any information about what happened to Ilonka, please call the PA State Police in Shickshinny at (570) 542-4117.