Family preparing for weekly searches for Cassandra Gross more than year after disappearance

LATROBE, Pa. — More than a year after the disappearance of Cassandra Gross, people are getting together to search for her, despite the presumption that she is dead.

The Latrobe woman’s family is encouraging everyone to come out to weekly searches, saying the more ground they cover the better it will be.

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Since last April, Gross was declared legally dead by a judge – victim of a homicide – but her body has never been found, and no one has ever been charged in her death or disappearance.

Investigators have only found Gross’ burnt-out car in Twin Lakes Park.


“We’re not gonna give up. I’m not gonna give up until we bring her home,” said Tammie Klingensmith, her cousin.

State police have scoured properties belonging to her estranged boyfriend Thomas Stanko, who has been in custody on unrelated charges.

Gross’ family said they won’t stop until she is home.

“There’s no closure. You think about her all the time,” Klingensmith said. “You wonder what she went through. (It) just never leaves, just never leaves.”

Family told Channel 11 anyone is welcome at the search parties. The group is meeting at 1 p.m. at Unity Cemetery, and they plan on searching Twin Lakes and near the horse trails that run by the park.