‘Items of interest’ discovered during latest search for missing Latrobe woman

UNITY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police said they have discovered “items of interest” during their latest search for a missing Latrobe woman, Cassandra Gross, at a home tied to her estranged boyfriend.

Excavators and other search tools were called to the home of Almira Stanko on Wednesday, and investigators continued at the property on Thursday.

Thomas Stanko, Almira’s son, is Gross’ ex-boyfriend. He has been in jail on unrelated charged since shortly after her disappearance.

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Gross disappeared from her Latrobe home in April 2018. About 24 hours after she was last seen, her burned-out car was discovered near Twin Lakes Park in Hempfield. Her body has never been found.

State police have searched this property several of times before. They said a “solid tip” led them back to the property for the latest search.

Gross has legally been declared dead as a homicide victim, and the case remains open.