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Kingston Township woman still missing

Diane Zavislak, 57, hasn’t been seen in nearly 3 months

January 30. 2014 11:41PM

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KINGSTON TWP. — Township police have received no new leads on the disappearance of Diane Zavislak, 57, who was reported missing by her husband nearly three months ago.

Police Chief James Balavage said Thursday the search continues for Zavislak, whose vehicle was found along Upper Narrows Road in Ransom Township, Lackawanna County, on Nov. 3. Her husband, Gerald Zavislak, reported her missing on Nov. 5.

Balavage said there was a massive search in Ransom Township as well as in Wyoming County that included the state police aviation unit in the days after she was reported missing. Her car was legally parked on Upper Narrows Road near the Susquehanna River, that separates Lackawanna and Wyoming counties.

“We’ve found no evidence of foul play,” Balavage said. “If a person wants to drop out of society, they have a right to do that.”

Balavage said Zavislak does not have any family in Ransom Township. Her car was found locked, and Balavage believes keys and her purse were found in the vehicle.

Balavage said there have been no reports from hunters finding a body in the heavily wooded area, nor has a body been recovered from the river.

“There was an exhaustive search of the area when she was reported missing and the state police put up their fixed-wing aircraft,” Balavage said. “I know her family has talked to people up there.”

Zavislak’s house on Spring Garden Street in Trucksville is about 10 miles from where her car was found.

Gerald Zavislak could not be reached for comment Thursday. A telephone number to their house was disconnected.

Court records say township police cited Zavislak with harassment on Nov. 1. She was also charged with simple assault and harassment after township police investigated a fight at her house on Oct. 9.

The charges were sent to Luzerne County Court when she failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 11, according to court records.

Anyone with information about Zavislak is asked to call 911.

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