Thursday, July 19, 2007

Missing one week: Joey Offutt, Sykesville, Pennsylvania

I just learned about Joey today on the From Whispers to Roars forum. Here is the article they had, which seems to be the most recent available on her.

Posted on Wed, Jul. 18, 2007
Autopsy to tell whether baby is missing
33-year-old may be crime victim
By Pete Bosak -
continue to look for a woman with State College ties who is missing after a fire
destroyed her Jefferson County residence while they await autopsy results to
determine the identity of an infant found in the burned-out building.
are looking for Joey Lynn Offutt, 33, whose 1994 Saturn coupe was found by State
College police Monday on Waupelani Drive, near where she once had an
It is still unclear whether Offutt -- who had a 6-week-old boy --
had something to do with the fire at 4 a.m. Thursday that destroyed the
Sykesville residence. The body of an infant was found in the remains of the
Without the autopsy results, troopers cannot say whether the infant
is Offutt's son.
"Whether she was directly involved in this or if she was
abducted, investigators are chasing that all down right now," said state police
Trooper Bruce A. Morris, public information officer for Troop C. "It's almost
like she's fallen off the face of the planet."
State police are appealing to
the public for help find Offutt, saying it's possible she herself is a crime
"I'm confident this case is going to be resolved," Morris said.
"She's the key to this whole thing."
Offutt is a white woman, 5 feet 3 inches
tall with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes.
She is officially a
missing person and state police have entered her into the National Crime
Information Center as such.
Anyone with information on her whereabouts is
urged to contact state police at DuBois at 371-4652.
Pete Bosak can be
reached at 235-3928.

An older article from a Virgina TV station suggests that the baby might not be Joey's son. From

VA Woman's Car Found
Pennsylvania authorities have located a car belonging to a
Virginia woman who hasn't been seen since the remains of an infant were found in
her burned-out home.
The red Saturn with Virginia license plates belonged to
33-year-old Joey Lynn Offutt, who previously lived in Warrenton, Virginia. The
car was found early Monday in State College, about 70 miles east of the home she rented in
Sykesville. The home burned down last Thursday and the cause of the fire is
still under investigation.
State police said in a statement that Offutt still
is missing and investigators are looking for her "out of concern for her
State police have not said they believe Offutt and the infant were
related. Offutt did have two children, and police say both are safe and staying
with relatives.

Neither of those articles had a photo of Joey, so the one posted above comes from

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