Flashback Friday: Ilonka Cann

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Ilonka Cann, missing from Huntington Mills, Pennsylvania since May 26, 1970. She was 22 years old, married with a baby son. Her Charley Project file doesn’t have much on her but I did find this Official Cold Case Investigations thread which has a little more information, and Pennsylvania Missing Persons appears to have updated her case since I last checked.

Anyway, the story is that her husband left in the morning and when he came back in the afternoon, Ilonka was gone and the baby was in the house alone.

Offhand I would say she’s of Hungarian descent or possibly Slavic — Ilonka is a Hungarian name, a nickname for Ilona. Ilona is used in several Slavic nations; it’s a form of the name Helen. I wonder if she was born here or was an immigrant to this country.

I don’t have enough information to theorize what happened to her. It’s possible that she left on her own. She would be in her sixties now. It’s possible she was harmed, and if that’s the case it’s possible that whoever did it is now deceased. We may never know what happened to this young woman on that spring day 45 years ago.

9 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Ilonka Cann

  1. Amy November 16, 2015 / 5:28 am

    I find a lot odd about this case. The husband didn’t report her missing until the next day! Not to mention he returned to work the day after.

    • Eric October 17, 2016 / 8:12 am

      It takes 24hours before a person can be considered missing anyways, so the police wouldn’t have been able to do anything until the following day regardless…

      • Meaghan October 17, 2016 / 10:24 am

        Not necessarily. It’s true that back in those days police took missing persons reports (especially adults and even teenagers) much less seriously than they do now, but the fact that Ilonka had left her infant at home might have caught law enforcement attention and got them searching immediately.

        It’s also possible that the husband didn’t file a report for 24 hours because he didn’t think the police would take one. Even nowadays people often believe this.

        Federal law now requires the police to accept a missing persons report immediately if the person is under 18, and I think also if they’re over 65 or disabled in some way, and many agencies accept all reports right away. On a lot of law enforcement websites and in articles, I’ve seen the police specifically say, “There is no waiting period to report a missing person.”

  2. Cathy November 3, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Does anyone know if they ever used dogs to search the area around her house?

  3. kevin March 6, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Charles Cann was my shop teacher in 1970.

  4. kevin March 10, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    An extensive search of Cann’s rural property was completed by the Pa. State Police several months after her disappearance. No evidence was discovered.

  5. kevin September 25, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Cann went to visit his father in New Jersey the day she disappeared. I have no doubt he committed this murder. He was a sociopath and sadistic based on the comments he made in shop class.

  6. noway jose April 28, 2019 / 5:23 pm

    I had him for a shop teacher in the 70s also. A sociapathic maniac who molested the female students in full sight of male class mates. Female message runners. We weretold to keep it quiet and most were afraid of the wild man who had respect no one, EXTREMELY violent in front of class. Used to let male class mates fight it out, an
    d if another teacher happened on the scene he would pretend to be breaking it up and male students would back him. No doubt in my mind what happened to Ilonka.

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