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Palmyra woman's disappearance investigated as 'kidnapping'

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PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) -

Authorities are treating the two-week-old disappearance of a Palmyra woman as a possible abduction, abc27 News has learned.

According to the first page of a search warrant issued in the case last week, "kidnapping" and "unlawful restraint" are the violations under which investigators looked through Kortne Stouffer's apartment and car.

The remainder of the search warrant has been sealed.

Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold told abc27 News the case is being investigated as a kidnapping due to the "suspicious" circumstances surrounding the case.

"Without getting into the details of it, I think it's fair to say we still view it as being suspicious and we're investigating this case as if a crime has occurred, even though we don't know for sure yet exactly what happened," Arnold said.

Investigators are tight-lipped about any progress in the case and what, if anything, they found during the search.

"I prefer not to get into details, publicly," Arnold said. "I don't think that's beneficial to any investigation."

But authorities said they're pulling out all the stops to bring Stouffer home.

"The FBI is aware of what's going on," Arnold said. "We'll see what that leads to, but they are definitely involved."

No one seems to know why someone would want to take Kortne.

"In this line of work, we don't try to speculate," Arnold said. "We try to work based off of facts."

"What motivates the mind of someone who thinks that way?" Stouffer's father, Scott Stouffer, said. "She's a beautiful girl. She's very charismatic. She loves people to death. She's very strong-willed. We seriously want her back, soon."

Stouffer was last seen at the apartment during the early hours of July 29. According to her parents, police investigated two disturbance calls just before the 21-year-old went missing.

Stouffer's parents told abc27 News last week that a friend stayed at the apartment after Stouffer and others returned from a night of dancing in Harrisburg.

Police had initially reported that the last person to see Stouffer was a neighbor, but her parents said she and a male friend came back to the apartment shortly after 3 a.m.

Neighbors called police twice that morning, according to Stouffer's parents. The first complaint was over Stouffer's dog. Police spoke with Stouffer and left, but returned later for a complaint of "banging and stomping." During the second visit, Stouffer's parents said the officers left after no one answered the door.

Stouffer's father says he spoke with the male friend, who claims he and Stouffer went to sleep and he awoke in the morning to find Stouffer gone; leaving behind her car keys, cell phone, and her shoes.

Her parents say they know the friend well and are on good terms. Their daughter has known the man for about two years and her mother and father are aware of no problems between the two.

Arnold said investigators have questioned the man, but declined comment when asked if there are any suspects.

The Stouffers are offering a reward that is now more than $25,000.

There is also a fundraiser to raise more money for the reward. Tie-dyed shirts, Kortne's favorite, will be sold for $10 each at the Winner's Circle in the Grantville Holiday Inn beginning Wednesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Palmyra police at 838-8188.

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