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    PA - Ilonka Cann, 22, Huntington Mills, 26 May 1970

    Ilonka Cann, 22, Missing Since 26 May 1970 from Huntington Mills, PA

    ILONKA CANN
    Case Classification: Missing
    Missing Since: May 26, 1970
    Location Last Seen: Huntington Mills, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

    Physical Description

    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

    Date of Birth: Unknown
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 22
    Race: White
    Gender: Female
    Height at Time of Disappearance: 5'6
    Weight at Time of Disappearance: 122-130 lbs
    Hair Color: Blonde; long hair
    Eye Color: Blue
    Alias(s) / Nickname(s): None
    Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
    Dentals: Not available
    Fingerprints: Not available
    DNA: Not available Clothing & Personal Items
    Clothing: Unknown
    Jewelry: Unknown
    Additional Personal Items: Unknown

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Disappeared from her home sometime on 5/25/70 and was reported missing the following day by husband Charles Cann II.

    Charles says he last saw his wife Ilonka on Tuesday at 7:20 AM when he left for his teaching job at Berwick Jr. Highschool.

    When he arrived home at 3:30 PM, their 15 month old son was crying in his crib upstairs and Ilonka was no where to be found. Charles returned to work two days later.

    Investigating Agency(s)

    If you have any information about this case please contact;


    Agency Name: Pennsylvania State Police
    Agency Contact Person: Trooper Christopher King
    Agency Phone Number: 570-697-2146
    E-Mail: chrking@state.pa.us

    NCIC Case Number: M648707699

    NamUs Case Number: MP #11085

    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
    Pennsylvania Missing
    NamUs
    The Doe Network: Ilonka Cann - 3096DFPA

    LINK:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3096dfpa.html

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    Ilonka's anniversary just went by, without any further information on her case. 42 years missing now. Her family misses her very much.

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    I googled Ilonka's name and found a 1993 divorce citation for Grace Brown and Charles Cann, Ilonka's former husband. Here are some snippets relating to Ilonka -

    In 1968, appellant married Ilonka Cann. The couple had one child. In 1970, Ilonka disappeared and has not been heard from since. In 1971, appellant began a relationship with appellee, who was fully aware of appellant's marriage and his wife's disappearance. In late 1971, appellee moved into appellant's home where she lived until 1987.
    In the present case, appellant's wife disappeared in 1970 and has not been seen nor heard from since. In 1971, appellant entered into a meretricious relationship with appellee. As appellant's wife had been missing for a period exceeding seven years, the trial court held that appellant's wife was presumed dead as of 1977. To overcome the presumption, the burden is on appellant to prove that his first spouse was alive at the time of the second marriage. Schaefer at 120, 149 A.2d at 578 (1959). As appellant offered no evidence to the contrary, the impediment to marriage was removed in 1977.
    The full citation is here - http://pa.findacase.com/research/wfr...4497.PA.htm/qx

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    I've been searching for additional information today, but nothing terribly substantial. It appears there may be family members in Kentucky.

    ** If she does have family members, I wonder why there is no DNA on file. Maybe she was adopted? Very perplexing.
    Last edited by fred&edna; 08-11-2012 at 07:21 PM. Reason: Added the **

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    There is a website for Ilonka Cann

    http://missingilonkacann.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarlK90245 View Post
    There is a website for Ilonka Cann

    http://missingilonkacann.com/
    Was her husband ever considered a suspect or at least a person of interest in his wife's disappearance. What does he think may have happened to her?

    Satch

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    The husband is always a POI in a wife's disappearance. Whether they have evidence against him is a different question. AFAIK, if they do have evidence against him, they're not saying anything publicly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skeet View Post
    Did u ever follow up on this?


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    No I didn't sorry, was researching other threads.

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    It's been almost 46 years since Ilonka Cann went missing, and a couple of years since anyone has posted on this thread.
    According to NamUs, DNA is now available. Sadly, there have been no matches.
    I get a server error when I try to access this site: http://missingilonkacann.com/
    Maybe this year will be her year to be discovered.
    All you need is love and. . . .(fill in the blank)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satch View Post
    Was her husband ever considered a suspect or at least a person of interest in his wife's disappearance. What does he think may have happened to her?

    Satch
    It seems that LE reopened the case in 1992 (see http://archive.timesleader.com/1993_...E_ARE_SEA.html). It may be coincidence but this is during what seems to have been a very unpleasant divorce from his second (common law) wife, as noted in #4 above. This divorce process ran from at least 1990 to 1992 and involved Cann claiming the marriage was never valid (known as 'doing a Jagger' since the Jagger-Hall divorce), an argument which he lost. I do wonder if either the second wife provided some information to LE, or if his behaviour during the divorce caused LE to reopen the case. Clearly it did not lead anywhere at the time.

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    Sadly, I found this scenario over and over again while researching MP cases for possible matches to UP's.The number of cases where the husband/boyfriend was the last person to have seen the MP, and the police just shrugged and said, okay, have a nice life, and they went on their merry, blows my mind. Yes, I'm exaggerating and being tongue in cheek, I'm just angry at how some of these guys seemed to have gotten away with it. I know it doesn't apply to every missing female who was in a relationship when they disappeared, and I have come across one example where the husband went missing and the wife doesn't seem to have been questioned, but missing wife/girlfriend with no charges against their significant others who saw them last, appears to be a common theme.
    All you need is love and. . . .(fill in the blank)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred&edna View Post


    He is from Virginia and lived in Kentucky. Ilonka lived in Pennsylvania (the family could've moved off course over the years)
    Nowhere in that article is written that they lived in Pennsylvania or moved.

    He married Renate April 19th 1952.
    quote from the article: 'To this union were born three daughters:' meaning: all 3 daughters were Renate and Harless' s daughters)

    If Ilonka was 22y old in 1970 she would've been born in 1948. (so 4 years earlier then their marriage) It's possible that they married a long time after they first met off course. But in those days wasn't it more unlikely that they marry after their child was already 4 y old?

    She could've been adopted at 4y (Ilonka: Hungarian name, also in Greek it means 'Light')


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