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Woman claims Kortne Stouffer's body was dumped in Memorial Lake

Updated: Friday, March 21 2014, 08:47 PM CDT
Written by: Chris Papst

Controversy is brewing in Lebanon County as a woman has come forward saying she knows where Kortne Stouffers body is, but the DA is not willing to act on the information

 It's been nearly two years since Stouffer went missing.  But now, we've learned that one woman claims to know where Stouffer's body is, in Memorial Lake.  But the District Attorney is not willing to call in a dive team. 

In July 2012, Korne Stouffer went missing.  Despite numerous interviews and polygraph tests, police admit the investigation has not gained much ground.  But we've learned there is a lead in the case police are not persuing.  A woman named Amanda Ballester, who knew Stouffer, says the 21-year-old's body was wrapped in a carpet, wrapped in chains and dumped in Memorial Lake - near Fort Indiantown Gap. This 85 acre lake is about 12 miles from where Stouffer was last scene. 
   
"I don't believe she has any ill motives.  I think she doesn't know what she's talking about," said Dave Arnold,  Lebanon County District Attorney.

To find out why the lake has not been searched, we asked Arnold. He says Ballester is not credible.  He claims her story has changed and some of her theories are factually wrong.  Plus, Lebanon County does not have a dive team.  And to call one in, requires more proof because searching this lake would be dangerous and after two years, the body may be covered in sediment or deteriorated.

"Divers aren't going to be put in danger unless there's some basis to believe there's a reason to do so," added Arnold.

Ballaster told CBS 21 her story has not changed and added, "It's just sickening to me what the police are not willing to do.  They won't listen to me."  She said she knows the people who killed Stouffer, but police won't take her seriously.  She added the killers were after money and marijuana - and Stouffer just happened to get in their way.

There is a $50,000 reward for information leading to Stouffer's location.

Meanwhile, there has been a petition started on Change.org to convince Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold to issue the search of Memorial Lake, which can be found here: https://www.change.org/petitions/lebanon-county-district-attorney-david-arnold-search-memorial-lake-for-kortneWoman claims Kortne Stouffer's body was dumped in Memorial Lake


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