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Parents of missing Palmyra woman take story to national TV

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Scott and Wendy Stouffer again shared their nightmare with the national media Monday night.

The parents went on HLN for a live interview and talked about what the past two weeks have been like.

"These last 16 days have been hell," Wendy Stouffer said. "I talk to my daughter all the time and I haven't been able to talk to her. I don't know where she is. I don't know if she is hurt."

The two also told the country their take on the search for their 21-year-old daughter, who has been missing for more than two weeks.

"There isn't a lot of evidence, there's not a lot of places to go and they are trying diligently," Scott Stouffer said.

The interview came on the same day abc27 News learned authorities are treating Kortne's disappearance as a possible abduction.

According to the first page of a search warrant issued in the case last week, "kidnapping" and "unlawful restraint" are the possible violations investigators used to looked through Kortne Stouffer's Palmyra 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. He could not comment further.

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 she went missing.

Stouffer's parents told abc27 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 3:00 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 said 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 said 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.

The Stouffers are offering a reward that is now more than $25,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Palmyra police at 838-8188.

The full HLN interview can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/HLN.

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