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Kortne Stouffer: Palmyra woman missing 3 years; still no answers

Written by Danielle Francisco, Lebanon Daily News | Jul 29, 2015 3:00 PM
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Melissa Beck of Linglestown comforts Scott Stouffer at a candle light vigil for Kortne Stouffer that was held Aug. 2, 2012, just days after her disappearance. Wednesday marks the third anniversary of that disappearance, and her family and friends still have no answers.

(Palmyra) -- Kortne Stouffer was reported missing on July 29, 2012. Since that day, she has been the focus of multiple searches and Internet campaigns. But on the third anniversary of her disappearance, her family and friends are no closer to knowing what happened early that morning.

"It's very frustrating. Summertime was one of Kortne's favorite times she really enjoyed tubing, being out hiking, and stuff," said her father, Scott Stouffer, "Then her birthday went by; she would have turned 24 on April 24." Kortne was 21 when she was first reported missing.

Family and friends will gather Wednesday night to redo the now worn and weathered posters hung for Kortne as well as place flowers and candles in front of her apartment in Palmyra. Afterward, they will gather for a more private display of remembrance.

"We will probably release some of the Chinese lanterns in the air like we did last year. ... Maybe 24 for her birthday," Scott said.

The support of the community and friends have been the backbone for Kortne's family during the hard times.

"No one is ever really prepared to deal with something like this. The first year she was gone my life was just chaos. It was, what more could I do or should I do?" Scott said, "But you never give up hope. It's better than thinking that she's passed."

Described as down to earth and nonmaterialistic by her father, Kortne was a graduate of Northern Lebanon High School and worked three jobs, as a hairstylist, a dog groomer and in the office at her father's company, Stouffer Equipment Co., Grantville.

An animal lover, Kortne spent many of her childhood summers at the Lebanon Fair.

"It is kind of ironic that she went missing the same week as the fair, because that was where she pretty much lived. She had goats that she showed," said Scott, noting that Kortne and her siblings often slept at the fair. "That was a big part of her life."

Now, Scott's life focuses on finding his daughter. "I still believe someone out there knows something that can help us. So (we're) keeping the attention to it and bringing it out in front of the public and letting them know that she hasn't been found and she is still missing."

The Lebanon County District Attorney's Office is handling the case and still receives the occasional lead but so far nothing that would lead to a change in the status of the case.

"The case is still open and still actively investigated," said district attorney David Arnold, "We try with any major case that starts to get older to have different people look at it. We've done that a number of times with this case, and it is being done again with another investigator. We still remain hopeful. With the length of time that's gone by, it has been difficult but we haven't given up on (the case)."

Kortne disappeared from her apartment at 810 W. Main St., Palmyra, between 3:45 and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2012. She was last seen when a borough police officer responded to her apartment for a disturbance involving a neighbor at 3:12 a.m. July 29 after multiple calls.

A tip line was established to help find Kortne. Her disappearance made national TV networks, and social media and websites have posted information and theories about her case. Her family is offering a $50,000 reward for information that can help in the case.

In April 2014, Arnold authorized a search of Memorial Lake in East Hanover Township after receiving a tip from Amanda Ballester of South Lebanon. A Pennsylvania State Police search team did not find her body in the lake after searching six hours.

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Kortne Stouffer, from the defunct website bringkortnehome.com.

Contact Info

Anyone with information is asked to send it to Kortneinfo@gmail.com or call Palmyra police at (717) 838-8189 or the Lebanon County District Attorney's office at (717) 228-4403.

Do you have information? 

There is a $50,000 reward for information that leads to finding Stouffer. Anyone with information that might be helpful should send it to Kortneinfo@gmail.com or call Palmyra police at 717-838-8189 or Arnold's office at 717-228-4403.


This article comes to us through a partnership between Lebanon Daily News and WITF. 

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