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Kortne Stouffer's family holding on to hope for finding their daughter

Updated: Monday, July 29 2013, 08:11 AM CDT



Reported by Jesse Knutson (jknutson@sbgtv.com)

Kortne Stouffer has been missing for one year, after she disappeared from her Palmyra apartment on Sunday, July 29th, 2012.  Today Kortne’s father, Scott Stouffer, organized a “Gone, but not forgotten” gathering in Lebanon County. 

“There’s not a day I don’t get up and miss my daughter.” Said Scott, reflecting on the year that has passed. “Kortne’s still missing, she’s still lost, and she’s not forgotten, and we pray that she comes back home.”

The gathering was filled with games, good food, and fun in the outdoors, just like Kortne loved.   Kortne went missing after spending a night out in Harrisburg, where she got into an argument with someone at a bar. 
A friend drove her home, and Cody Pruett stayed the night in her apartment. 

Kortne’s neighbors called police during the early hours of the morning, complaining of loud noises coming form her apartment. When police responded, Kortne got visually upset at her neighbors, but police left once she calmed down. Police were called to her residence a second time that night, but upon arriving, were unable to contact anyone inside of the apartment, and left. Kortne has not been seen since. 

Members of the community are still doing their part by putting up signs and spreading the word about her disappearance. 

“The circumstances around her disappearance were just so overwhelming for the entire community, the fact that she just disappeared without a trace.” Said Tobi Mazzocca, who is one of the owners of Mazzocca’s Place in Palmyra. 

Tobi, along with Scott Mazzocca, started selling “Kortne Peace Pies” last year for $10, with half of the profits going to the “Find Kortne Fund.”   The pizzas use peppers, pepperoni, or sauce to create a peace sign on the pizza, all in hopes that they can be a part of what keeps Kortne’s spirit alive, and brings her home.

“We want to do this until somebody tells us we can’t, until Kortne shows up one day and says, ‘Hi, I’m back.’” Explained Scott Mazzocca.   “Somewhere, I hope she sees this, and feels us.” Said Scott Stouffer, before lighting a bonfire. The bonfire was lit to guide Kortne home, 52 weeks to the day after she went missing. 

The Lebanon County District Attorney is still working on the case, hoping to bring Kortne home to her family. There is a $42,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to locating Kortne.




Kortne Stouffer's family holding on to hope for finding their daughter


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