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Midstate Mysteries: The disappearance of Diane Wolf

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Diane's Car - Found with powdery, white dust Diane's Car - Found with powdery, white dust
A hotel card found on Diane's dresser. A hotel card found on Diane's dresser.
Grainy surveillance photo from an ATM, the last time Diane was ever seen. Grainy surveillance photo from an ATM, the last time Diane was ever seen.
HANOVER, Pa. (WHTM) - For the past 15 years, Bonnie Leister has lived with agonizing, unanswered questions.

"I hope she's alive, but I don't really know," Leister said.

In January of 1999, her sister, Diane Wolf, vanished.

"There's not one day that goes by that I don't think of her, miss her," she said.

At 7 a.m. on a Friday morning, then 45-year-old Diane finished her shift at Hanover Foods, where she had worked for 18 years.  At 7:30 a.m., a grainy surveillance photo from an ATM confirms she cashed a check at a bank in Hanover.

"From that time Diane went missing Friday at 7:30 at that bank, that's the last time she's been seen," said Trooper Scott Denisch who is heading the investigation into Diane's disappearance.

At 6 a.m. the following Monday, Leister went to work at Weis Markets in Hanover and found her sister's car parked in a remote section of the lot.

Denisch said the fact that the vehicle was found where her sister worked was likely not a coincidence.

The car was locked with nothing apparent missing. Dry cleaning was hanging in the back.  But the vehicle that had recently been washed was now covered in a powdery, white dust.  Police became concerned and began to speculate how that came to be.

"That the vehicle was somewhere remote," Denisch said. "Somewhere where someone was trying to hide something? Maybe near a quarry?"

Quarries and other remote areas were searched but nothing was ever found.

"Somebody had to see her out there," Leister said. "I feel somebody knows something."

"We'd like to think she's out there living a life, but statistically she probably met evil and unfortunately she's probably deceased," Denisch said.

Denisch said over the years, there have been several persons of interest in the case and numerous search warrants and polygraph tests.

"And we keep coming back to square one where we're unable to find Diane," he said. "It's like she dropped off the face of the earth."

From the start, Trooper Denisch said police ruled out Diane's husband as a suspect.  Instead, they focused their efforts on rumors of alleged affairs and workplace conflicts.

Her husband has since passed away from natural causes.

"Do I think that there's someone out there that knows where she's at? Yeah. Probably a few people," Denisch said.

Police said Diane changed her cell phone number shortly before her disappearance. Denisch said she was being harassed by a female co-worker, but that person was also cleared as a suspect.

What's more, police said they found a hotel card on Diane's dresser at her home in Conewago Township, Adams County.  One one side of it was a hand-written phone number that was registered to a man in Maryland.

"This gentleman denies ever knowing Diane and doesn't know how his phone number got on a card in her bedroom," Denisch said. "So that's something we're looking into."

Today, Diane Wolf would be 61.  She has a granddaughter she never got the chance to meet.  In fact, she was planning her daughter's baby shower when she vanished.

"She loved life," Leister said. "She loved her kids."

Leister said she can't give up hope that her sister is still alive.  And she has a message for anyone who has information and isn't sharing.

"I would forgive them," she said. "We just want somebody to come forward and help us."

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Diane Wolf is asked to call Trooper Denisch at 717-334-8111.

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