Kortne Stouffer apparently runs with the wrong crowd. At least that's what her family seems to believe when they said the guy who stayed the night with her was not a friend, but little more than an acquaintance. That's not the only new detail in this strange case, as it seems that the more the parents say (and refuse to say) the more comes to light.
Those are the words of Kortne's father, on the group of "friends" she had been partying with all night just before she vanished. This case is starting to seem more and more like the disappearance of Lauren Spierer. A young girl, who is probably a little too free-spirited with the young men with which she acquaints herself, goes missing without a trace after drinking and dancing the night away with a group of men she barely knew. If he was just an "acquantance," Kortne Stouffer must not have known the man well she let stay the night with her just before she vanished, and even though it seems as though this guy is cooperating with police, the parents of the missing girl do not want to give his name out or the name of her boyfriend.
Another update in the case regards the missing dogs. Kortne lived with two dogsÂ—one belonging to her and the other belonging to her boyfriend. Neither of these dogs are missing. Instead, the father of her boyfriend (who is on house arrest elsewhere) took his son's dog. Her family has hers. So no dogs are missing. Now, it's news to hear that the boyfriend's father picked up a dog. Was this done before or after the woman vanished? And how about that neighbor she had fought withÂ—has he or she been questioned or investigated?
It seems that the night she vanished, Kortne was just surrounded with high-risk situations. She was presumably drunk, allowing a mere male acquaintance stay with her. She had fought with a neighbor, and she already had a boyfriend who has a criminal record as it is. So there are a lot of elements here that just create a recipe for disaster.
Like the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, this young woman seemed to have vanished right under the nose of the male acquaintance who slept in the same apartment as her. He didn't see or hear anything, and he left the apartment.
Is Kortne Stouffer's overnight guest a suspect?
Her father says he'd rather not comment on that, as he doesn't believe it's beneficial to the investigation. Well, if you read between the lines, this could in fact mean that he is a suspectÂ—or it could mean absolutely nothing. One thing is for certain, a family who is deeply concerned about their daughter's wellbeing shouldn't be so secretive and standoffish, because you'd just never know if someone in the public refreshes their memory to the missing woman's benefit based off the publicizing of information.
It seems that in the same breath as refusing to share details of the case, the father and mother of the missing woman also appear to scrutinize the police for not investigating well enough. Well, maybe they need a little help? Ya think?
It's a shame that this young woman is missing, most likely dead, and the parents appear to be playing politics with law enforcement and media figures. That never helps in an investigation. Releasing as much information as possible helps, not sitting on it while the case goes stale!
Correction: Originally, this article referred to the man who reported stayed at Cortne's house on the night she disappeared, a "one-night-stand." That was a mistake, as there's no evidence to suggest a sexual encounter. We sincerely apologize for the mischaracterization.
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