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

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  1. Richard

    Richard New Member

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    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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  3. ProjectAngelEyes

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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.
     
  4. fred&edna

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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 -

    The full citation is here - http://pa.findacase.com/research/wfrmDocViewer.aspx/xq/fac.19931028_0044497.PA.htm/qx
     
  6. fred&edna

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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.
     
  7. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Moderator

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    Satch Active Member

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    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
     
  9. CarlK90245

    CarlK90245 UID Moderator Moderator

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

    Alleykins Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  14. alb1on

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    It seems that LE reopened the case in 1992 (see http://archive.timesleader.com/1993...ENED_AFTER_23_YEARS_STATE_POLICE_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.
     
  15. Alleykins

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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.
     
  16. Evelyne1982

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    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')

     
  17. fred&edna

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    Yes, thanks! Long ago, when I was doing a bit of research on Ilonka's case (was trying to match her to a UID) I located her mother and a sister living in Green Co KY. I haven't done any additional research since that time.
     
  18. Lagerizer

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    I'm sure this won't be helpful but, my coworker was a student at the school where Mr. Cann taught at the time of his wife's disappearance. She says she remembers the police coming to the school. The rumor was and still is that he put her in the incinerator at the school.

    I also know the second wife Grace, she was a librarian at the school where he taught. It wouldn't surprise me if she knew all about it, or had something to do with the disappearance. She's quite......different.
     
  19. SurrealisticSlumbers

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    Love triangle gone wrong?
     
  20. Alleykins

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    That's an interesting insight. Not sure where to go with it, but thank you for the information.
     
  21. alb1on

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    For those with access to Ancestry there is a yearbook picture of Ilonka in the Morehead State University yearbook for 1968 under her maiden name of Ilonka Harless (although it says Ilanka Harless). It gives her home as Kitts Hill, Ohio. The link is http://interactive.ancestry.co.uk/1...ce&usePUBJs=true#?imageId=43135_b171275_00333

    Ilonka's father, Clinton Harless, who died in 1997, served in the US Army through WW2 and the Korean War. I could not find a birth record for Ilonka but there is a passenger record on Ancestry for Ilonka arriving in New York from Frankfurt on Trans World Airlines with her mother, who is listed as Renate Harless. Given the army record, the flight from Frankfurt and the maiden name of Renate (Rusgen) I would guess that Ilonka may have been born in Germany after Clinton met Renate there. The marriage may have been to 'regularise' matters for the return home.

    There is an interesting piece at https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/65207137/ where the Hazleton newspaper seems to be reporting an attack on Charles Cann (Ilonka's husband) by her father Clinton Harless, who has arrived in town to find the truth. Unfortunately I do not have a subscription to newspapers so can only get the general thrust from the OCR text. If anyone has a sub and can access the page there may be more information.
     

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