ITHACA, N.Y. — This Saturday, the community is invited to a vigil on the Ithaca Commons for Nicole Marranca, an Ithaca woman who went missing last year. Family members have still not given up and hope the vigil will help raise awareness that Marranca is still missing.

The vigil will go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday on the Ithaca Commons. Candles will be provided.

The vigil will fall on Aug. 18, the date Nicole Marranca, 28, was last seen in 2017 at the Old Goat Gear Exchange in Ithaca. Since then, family and friends have held numerous search parties around Ithaca looking for any trace of her.

They’ve occasionally had tips like one where she was seen getting into a vehicle with a man in a black pickup truck. She was also seen at the Economy Inn in Ithaca not long before disappearing.

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Marranca’s case is still considered active and open, according to the Ithaca Police Department.

Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson said police are “methodically and intently investigating her disappearance. We will not close the case per se until she is located.”

Williamson said they are actively pursuing leads to develop information on her whereabouts, but there are no significant updates to report.

Marranca was addicted to heroin and sometimes worked as an escort. However, despite her lifestyle, always kept up with her father, Nick Marranca. She has a young daughter, who is in the custody of Nick Marranca and his wife, Kelley Marranca.

Kelley Marranca said she believes if Nicole was just out there, she would have called her father.

“Either she’s no longer with us or somebody is just holding her,” she said.

With the vigil as a reminder that the search is still active, Kelley Marranca said they are hopeful someone will come forward with information. The reward for information has been raised to $2,000.

“We’re hoping we hear something, good or bad,” Kelley Marranca said.

For more information, updates and how to help, visit the Find Nicole Marranca Facebook Page.

Anyone with information that may aid the investigation is encouraged to contact Ithaca police by any of the following means:

Police Administration: 607-272-9973
Police Tipline: 607-330-0000
Email: policeinfo@cityofithaca.org
Anonymous Email Tip Address: www.cityofithaca.org/ipdtips
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ithacapolice
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ithacapolice

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.