Craig Hannonâ€™s son Nicholas was always the first person to get into the Christmas spirit, decorating the house and getting his family in the festive mood.
This year, it was questionable whether the Hannons would celebrate the holidays at all.
â€œItâ€™s hard â€” itâ€™s really hard,â€ Hannon said. â€œSome days itâ€™s better than others, but you have to keep on keeping on.â€
Ten months ago, 19-year-old Nicholas Hannon vanished without a trace.
He was last seen by his brother in the Walnut Grove area of Langley on Feb. 26. The next day, his locked vehicle was found abandoned in the 10400-block McKinnon Crescent, near Derby Reach Regional Park.
According to Hannon, his son wasnâ€™t having any issues and it was out of character for him to leave and not contact his family. The remote area where his vehicle was found was not a place that Nicholas was known to frequent.
Hannon put up countless posters around Langley and even offered a $10,000 reward for his sonâ€™s safe return, to no avail.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team took over the file in April and announced at a news conference in August that investigators believe Nicholas Hannon was murdered.
â€œItâ€™s a mystery,â€ Hannon said. â€œItâ€™s very disheartening.â€
Hannon said that over the past four months heâ€™s been in touch with investigators every few weeks, but all heâ€™s heard is that the case is still active. He feels that he and his family have done all they can to track down information about what happened to Nicholas.
â€œI just donâ€™t see what else I can do, other than keep hoping and praying,â€ Hannon said.
He said he thinks about his son all the time, and anniversaries and special events are particularly difficult, but in the end, he said, if his son were around he would want his family to celebrate Christmas.
â€œHe was right into it,â€ Hannon said. â€œMaybe weâ€™ll just do it for him because heâ€™d want it that way.â€
â€¢ Anyone with information about Nicholas Hannonâ€™s disappearance is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a tip at solvecrime.ca.
Jennifer Saltman is a Vancouver Province reporter. For more stories from the Province, click here.