Disappearance haunts Langley family

Craig Hannon’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.

“It’s hard — it’s really hard,” Hannon said. “Some days it’s better than others, but you have to keep on keeping on.”

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 wasn’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 son’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.

“It’s a mystery,” Hannon said. “It’s very disheartening.”

Hannon said that over the past four months he’s been in touch with investigators every few weeks, but all he’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.

“I just don’t see what else I can do, other than keep hoping and praying,” 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.

“He was right into it,” Hannon said. “Maybe we’ll just do it for him because he’d want it that way.”

• Anyone with information about Nicholas Hannon’s disappearance is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or email ihittipline@rcmp-grc.gc.ca. 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.


Just Posted

Thieves identified by social media

Suspect spent a ‘solid 10 minutes’ fishing keys out of Langley business drop box

Senior denied insurance for lack of a smart phone

Langley woman discovers a deal requires an app

TV icon coming to Langley to help future brides ‘say yes to the dress’

TLC’s Monte Durham of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta is coming to Langley for a bridal show.

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Rising construction costs boost price of Langley intersection project

Bids for Township roundabout came in well over projected costs

Barack Obama to speak at Vancouver event

Former U.S. president will speak with board of trade in March

Caribou herd disappears from Kootenays after last cow relocated

One cow from the South Selkirk herd and two from the Purcells were moved this week

Vancouver councillors unanimously approve motion declaring climate emergency

Vancouver joins cities like Los Angeles and London

B.C. mayor criticizes school trustees ahead of paid trip to China

Brad West believes trip is unethical, and points to added safety concerns as relations grow tense

‘I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘never said there was no collusion’

5 to start your day

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages, more trouble for Chilliwack man infamous for Stanley Cup riot assault on Good Samaritan and more

Body of Canadian miner found after African kidnapping

Kirk Woodman’s body was discovered 100 kilometres from the site where he worked for Progress Mineral Mining Company in Burkina Faso

Study finds more than half of food produced in Canada wasted

The study released Thursday is the world’s first to measure food waste using data from industry and other sources instead of estimates

Snowed-in Austrian nuns insist they’re staying put

Authorities have deployed heavy equipment to clear snow and fallen trees blocking the road to the monastery

Most Read