Could Kortne Stouffer be dead? It almost seems as though her family has this suspicion with their use of the word "closure" in a recent interview. Scott Stouffer -- who has been divorced from Wendy Stouffer since 2005 -- said a lot of things regarding the disappearance of the Palmyra woman. A lot has been updated in the case of this missing woman, in particular her lifestyle and her behavior leading up to her July 29th disappearance, but the latest comments made by her family shed a somber light on the case in a way that is just sad.
"Please tell us where she is so we can bring her back to her family. We need closure. We don't care what happens to you; having our daughter back is more valuable to us. Vengeance and getting even Â— that will happen all on its own. Nature will take its course," said Scott Stouffer.
While it's always distressing to consider that a missing loved one could be dead, it's important to keep composure enough to consider the statistics in these types of cases. It seems that the reality of this disappearance is settling with the father -- at least that's what it seems like with the wording he used. As stated time-and-time-again, the first 48 to 72 hours of a disappearance are the most vital, and the chances of finding a person alive afterward decreases more and more with each day that passes. Not every missing person's case will end like the kidnappings of Jaycee Dugard and Elizabeth Smart.
What's disappointing in this case is that there appears to be a lack of action on everyone's parts. The Palmyra PD aren't releasing enough information regarding her disappearance. The parents are seemingly refusing to release the information that they've been given, leaving the players in this case to come forward through means of being called out by the locals who know them. Looking at the similarities between this case and the disappearance of Lauren Spierer, the behavior of the parents in either case is contrasted greatly. Rob and Charlene Spierer have never given up and have shared every ounce of detail they've come across in the search for their missing daughter. From day one, these two devoted parents have not relented in giving the public every bit of information the Bloomington investigators, and their own, have provided. This has put pressure on the detectives to find the young woman, and anytime human remains are found the testing to determine if they belong to the missing woman goes far quicker than usual.
On the other hand, the stark silence of the parents of Kortne Stouffer seems to be part of the hindrance in updates in her case. HLN once covered this case, but quickly appeared to drop it when Nancy Grace and Jane Valez Mitchell normally cover high profile cases from beginning to the end, sometimes to the point of making people sick of hearing about them. Should Wendy and Scott Stouffer pony up more information in this case?
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