Diane Louise Wolf

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Above Images: Wolf, circa 1999

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 29, 1999 from Hanover, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 19, 1953
  • Age: 45 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair with red highlights, brown eyes. Wolf has a scar on her abdomen and a purple rose tattooed on her left ankle. Her ears are triple-pierced, and she wears eyeglasses. Her maiden name is Althoff.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Wolf worked the third shift at Hanover Foods on Route 116 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. She had held the job for twenty years. Her husband and mother were also employed at the company; they worked second shift. Wolf departed from the business at approximately 7:00 a.m. on January 29, 1999. She returned to her family's residence on Sycamore Lane in Conewago Township, Pennsylvania shortly afterwards. Wolf left her pink and white lunchbox and several Avon products on their kitchen table, then drove to the Allfirst Bank on Dart Drive in Hanover. A security camera recorded her $300 deposit at the drive-through ATM at approximately 7:33 a.m.

    Wolf normally filled her car's gas tank on Fridays and also visited a local tanning salon during the evening hours. She never canceled her appointment scheduled for that night. Wolf has never been heard from again. She had been employed at Hanover Foods for eighteen years prior to her disappearance and had never missed work before without giving notice.

    Wolf's sister was employed at Weis Market on Baltimore Street in Hanover. She discovered Wolf's turquoise 1994 Pontiac Grand Prix with the Pennsylvania license plate number WR9396M locked and abandoned in the parking lot on February 2, 1999 at approximately 6:50 a.m. There was no sign of her sister at the scene. Another store employee reported that the vehicle had been parked in their lot since the previous morning. Wolf's dry cleaning was hanging from the interior hook and the car's locks were frozen. The car was covered with dust, as if it had been driven on a dirt road or in a quarry.

    Wolf's loved ones said that she normally searched for the closest possible parking space at any establishment. Her Grand Prix was parked on the outskirts of Weis Market's lot, which was uncharacteristic of her. There hasn't been any activity on Wolf's credit cards since January 1999. She left all of her clothing behind at her residence, and her cellular phone, which she normally carried everywhere, was in her car. Only Wolf's purse was missing; it has never been recovered. She normally packed at least two suitcases if she was planning to go on a trip.

    There were two unconfirmed sightings of Wolf since her disappearance. One took place in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Stratton Street on the same morning Wolf's car was discovered. Another sighting took place near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in March 1999.

    Wolf's family members said that she was looking forward to visiting her pregnant daughter during her four weeks of vacation from Hanover Foods. Wolf was reportedly excited about becoming a grandmother. She planned the baby shower and placed a baby crib on layaway. Her mother said that Wolf was upset several days before her disappearance. She was concerned that she neglected to create a will. Her mother calmed her down and Wolf appeared to be fine afterwards. It is not known if the incident is related to her case.

    Wolf was declared legally dead in 2006, seven years after she went missing. Police believe she was a victim of foul play and someone in the local area has knowledge of her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    Gettysburg Station
    717-334-8111

    OR
    Pennsylvania State Police
    Harrisburg Station
    717-705-0340

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Pennsylvania State Police
    The Gettysburg Times
    The Missing Persons CyberCenter
    The Evening Sun
    The York Daily Record
    North American Missing Persons Network
    Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 8, 2015; two pictures added, details of disappearance updated.

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