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Family of missing Kortne Stouffer remains hopeful, 1 year later

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Sunday night into Monday morning marks one year since Kortne Stouffer was last seen. She went missing from her Palmyra home last July after a night out in downtown Harrisburg with friends.

Although investigators said her case has gone cold, Sunday night her loved ones had a heart-warming get-together in her honor.

"I mean it's hard. It's a year without our daughter. A year lost -- a year never brought back. A year that's changed a lot of people in many ways," said Scott Stouffer, Kortne's father. "Keeping hope alive. We would all love some closure to this. I believe she's out there somewhere. I believe somebody knows something that can help lead us to her."

"Last time I saw her was out here. I'm her gram -- she calls me gram. I remember her as I saw her in a white dress across the field here," said Maryann Smith, Kortne Stouffer's Grandmother.

At that same barn Kortne loved ones had a party. They wrote messages to her, played yard games and just had fun.

"You know it's taking a situation that could be very sad and draw people together to smile for a while," Scott Stouffer said.

Just the way Kortne would have wanted it.

"She loved her family. She loved fun. Like a day like today she would thoroughly enjoy. This is what she was about," Scott Stouffer said.

The only thing missing was Kortne Stouffer. But there was no shortage of reminders -- her picture, peace signs, tie-dyed t-shirts, and one of her favorite summer past-times, a bon fire.

"Hopefully she feels the energy and the spirit of the people that are praying for her everyday," said Scott Stouffer. "A lot of people are reaching our for Kortne today. She touched a lot of people so whoever knows something about it, understand we're not gonna stop. This girl is not just gonna be swept under the rug. We love her and we miss her."

"We just think about her every day. Just do a lot praying and hoping that God will bring her home to us soon," said Smith.

The Stouffer family is still offering a $42,000 reward for any information that leads to her. If you know anything, you are asked to call police. You can leave an anonymous tip. To find out how, visit http://bringkortnehome.com/.

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