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Reward for info on Kortne Stouffer climbs to $100,000

Written by Chris Asroff/Lebanon Daily News | Apr 19, 2017 4:32 PM
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FILE PHOTO: A sign with a photo of Kortne Stouffer hangs on a telephone pole in front of Stouffer's apartment building in Palmyra on August 1, 2012. (Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News).

(Lebanon) -- On the heels of Kortne Stouffer's disappearance being featured in an episode of Investigation Discovery's "Disappeared" Sunday night, the reward for information leading to her whereabouts has been increased to $100,000.

"Kortne's disappearance got a huge boost of interest because of the show," said Dave Arnold, district attorney of Lebanon County.

Arnold added that a lot of people from the area knew it was going to be on and the show has gotten people talking about it again.

"It probably is an excellent time to increase the reward, if there is a good time," he said.

The case is unique, Arnold said, as he hasn't dealt with something like this at any other time as district attorney. It was hard for him to say whether this was a typical strategy in a case like this from his personal perspective, but he said he thinks that the Stouffer family made a wise decision in raising the reward when they did.

Speaking from personal experience, Arnold was also not able to shed any light on the track record of a reward in this way and the success that it may or may not lead to.

"I'd like to think that people would provide information without any reward, but if financial incentive gets somebody to come forward then that's what it takes," he said.

Kortne Stouffer went missing on July 29, 2012. Here's a timeline of the events that have happened since her disappearance. 

 

Arnold did say that the raising of the reward unfortunately isn't in the response to any new leads to this point. A couple pieces of information were brought to the attention of investigators following the show, he said, but in looking into that information, it was quickly found to be false.

Prior to the episode airing, Arnold said that he didn't have any specific expectations of what may come as a result of the show.

"For me, it was just hope that the increased exposure - that the attention the show would bring to it might bring some new information. And again, maybe it still will, so we just continue to be hopeful and continue to work with any information that we do receive," said Arnold.

Regarding the show itself, Arnold said that it was about as accurate as an hour long episode could be.

"There is not a lot that we can do other than pray. But, if I have the ability to offer a monetary reward to prompt someone to come forward, maybe this could help them change their life," Scott Stouffer, Stouffer's father, told PennLive. "If enticing someone with reward money gets answers for us, lets do it."

The fifth anniversary of Stouffer's disappearance is July 29, 2017. She was 21 years old when she went missing.

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FILE PHOTO: Missing person kortne stouffer billboard (Earl Brightbill, Lebanon Daily News).

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the Lebanon Daily News.

 

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