Kortne Stouffer, 21, vanished from her apartment in the early morning hours of July 29 after hanging out with a group of friends. Stouffer had returned to her apartment with an old friend she had reconnected with recently when, at around 3 a.m., she got into an altercation with her downstairs neighbor over her dog. Police were called and they ended up telling both Stouffer and her neighbors to return to their apartments.
An hour later, the downstairs neighbors made a second call to 911 because they heard “stomping and banging” coming from Stouffer’s apartment. When police arrived they found the lights were off in Stouffer’s apartment and no one answered the door when they knocked. So they left.
At 7:30, the man who stayed the night with Stouffer says he woke up to find her gone and left. He was captured on surveillance camera inside a nearby convenience store where he texted Stouffer: “”I left. I didn’t see you. What happened to you?” He later told investigators that he and Stouffer went to bed after police were called the second time and he has not seen her since.
Police feel Stouffer’s disappearance is suspicious, not only because it is out of character for her not to talk with family on a daily basis, but also because her keys were still in her car, her purse and cell phone where still in her apartment, and the clothes she wore that night are missing — except for the shoes she was wearing.
Stouffer’s parents were on the insufferable “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” program the other day where they say they have trouble believing the unnamed man’s story. “He was the last person to see my daughter. I felt there was more there. I still feel there’s more there,” Scott said. “It’s hard for me to believe that in a span of three hours that someone just vanishes, and you’re in the same house and you have no idea. You hear nothing, you see nothing.”
They also said they do not believe there were any romantic feelings between Stouffer and the man, as Stouffer has a steady boyfriend (who also has an alibi).
“They were friends two years ago. They would hang out and do stuff as group. Since dating her boyfriend, they did not have a lot of contact,” Stouffer’s mother said about her daughter’s overnight guest. “He stopped by about a month ago. It was the first time her boyfriend had any interaction with him and met him. I think because her boyfriend was away, she thought she could hang out with him.”
According to Stouffer’s parents, the man has been cooperative.Tags: Crime, Kortne Stouffer, Missing Person, Mystery, Pennsylvania