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One year later, family still searching for Kortne Stouffer

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It will be a year this weekend that Kortne Stouffer disappeared from her Palmyra apartment, and although she remains lost, investigators and her family say she is not forgotten.

Stouffer went missing after spending a night out with friends July 28 in Harrisburg, where she reportedly got into a fight inside the former Hardware Bar. She returned to her apartment early the next morning with a male friend. There was another argument with neighbors, and police were called to her home twice.

When her friend woke up the next morning, he said Stouffer was gone. She has not been seen since.

"There's a lot of emptiness in the family, because she hasn't been here for a lot of the family events. She missed her birthday," said Scott Stouffer, Kortne's father.

Her family would have celebrated Kortne's 22nd birthday in April, but after a year of grief, national TV appearances and search parties, they are no closer to finding her.

"It stands about where is has been for some period of time," Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold said of the investigation. "There's been no new paperwork filed, no new warrants or anything like that."

Despite all the dead ends, detectives continue to work on Stouffer's case every day.

"Our goal, our function is to investigate cases, to resolve cases, to obtain justice for whoever the person may be," Arnold said. "Anytime we can't do it, it's frustrating, and when it's a situation like this where it involves a human life, it's even more frustrating."

"Everything's been difficult, right down to moving things out of Kortne's apartment," Scott Stouffer said. "There's all these questions. What do you do? Do you keep it forever? Do you do something with it? It's just hard."

It may be hard, but the Stouffer family is doing their best to keep hope alive.

"We'll definitely, absolutely continue to search for Kortne," her father said. "Lost but not forgotten. We love you."

The Stouffer family is offering a $42,000 reward for any information that leads to their daughter. Tips can be submitted several ways through their website, bringkortnehome.com.

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