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PrayersForMaura 07-24-2007 02:02 PM

PA- Joey Lynn Offutt, 33, State College, July 2007 - Baby's body found in burned home
 
http://www.wjactv.com/news/13697366/detail.html

Police said they have found a car belonging to a Jefferson County woman whose home was gutted by fire nearly a week ago.

Joey Lynn Offutt's red Saturn was found on Waupelani Drive in State College on Monday.

Offutt has been missing since her Sykesville home caught on fire last Thursday. A baby's body was later found in the home's charred remains.

PrayersForMaura 07-24-2007 02:05 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- While police continue their search for a missing woman whose house was destroyed by a fire late last week, people in the neigborhood where her car was found said officials have been canvassing the area asking them what they know about the case.

It's been nearly a week since Joey Lynn Offutt's car was found abandoned at a State College apartment complex.

....

Offutt's 1994 Saturn was found near where she once had an apartment. She has been missing since last week when the house she was renting in Sykesville burned down. The body of a baby was found inside the home. Investigators are still waiting for autopsy results to determine if it was Offutt's child.

In the meantime, police have been asking for the public's help in finding her. Offutt is a 33-year-old white woman 5 feet 3 inches tall, with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes.


http://www.wjactv.com/news/13721839/detail.html

PrayersForMaura 07-24-2007 02:06 PM

http://www.wjactv.com/2007/0717/13696882_240X180.jpg


Pennsylvania state police said on Tuesday that, despite ongoing efforts to find Joey Lynn Offut, they still have no leads.
The Jefferson County woman went missing after her home caught fire earlier this month.

http://www.wjactv.com/news/13745250/...=john&psp=news#

PrayersForMaura 07-24-2007 02:08 PM

SYKESVILLE - State police have yet to make a connection between a missing Sykesville woman and an infant found in her burned-out home.
However, Joey Lynn Offut, 33, who has been missing since a Thursday morning fire at the home she rented in Sykesville, did have two children and they are safe and staying with relatives, according to an Associated Press report.
The fire that destroyed Offutt's home at 90 Dr. Fugate Drive, Sykesville, was reported about 4 a.m. Thursday.
The infant's remains were discovered about an hour later.
The identity of the baby was still unknown and autopsy results were not ready as of Tuesday.
Police did locate a car belonging to Offut in State College Monday. Offutt, however, is still missing and investigators are looking for her "out of concern for her welfare," according to DuBois-based state police.

http://www.thecourierexpress.com/sit...d=572984&rfi=6

PrayersForMaura 07-24-2007 02:10 PM

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 building.
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 victim.
"I'm confident this case is going to be resolved," Morris said. "She's the key to this whole thing."

http://www.centredaily.com/news/brea...ry/155155.html

PrayersForMaura 07-24-2007 02:12 PM

State police have not disclosed if they believe Offutt and the infant were related. Offutt, who previously lived in Warrenton, Va., did have two children, and both those kids are safe and staying with relatives, Bart said.

http://www.tribune-democrat.com/loca...198145728.html

PrayersForMaura 07-24-2007 02:17 PM

Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder said "it's going to be a while" before officials know the identity of the baby, and other details such as its sex, when it died and how it died. Snyder added that officials do not currently know for sure who the baby's parents are. He is not aware of any criminal charges being filed yet.

http://www.thecourierexpress.com/sit...d=572984&rfi=6

kgeaux 07-24-2007 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by PrayersForMaura (Post 1596526)
Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder said "it's going to be a while" before officials know the identity of the baby, and other details such as its sex, when it died and how it died. Snyder added that officials do not currently know for sure who the baby's parents are. He is not aware of any criminal charges being filed yet.

http://www.thecourierexpress.com/sit...d=572984&rfi=6

I'm not sure I'm following this correctly.....she has two children, both of whom are safe with relatives. Is her six week old son one of those two "safe with relative's" children? He must be, otherwise they'd say she had three children, two of whom are safe, and a infant. Right?

Logic tells me that if this woman had a six week old child, and a baby's body is found in the wreckage of her home, the body is that of the six week old child. But the way the articles read make it sound as though she had ONLY two children, both of whom are safe.

So if it's not her six week old son, who on earth could it be? I've just got to believe a missing infant would have been reported and LE would be on that trail.

ketel0ne 07-24-2007 10:48 PM

From the story at crime library, postings she made on the internet, would indicate that her 3rd child would have been 6 weeks old when she disappeared.

http://www.crimelibrary.com/news/ori...ey_Offutt.html

Bobbisangel 07-25-2007 06:27 AM

After reading the story on Crime Library I have no doubt that the baby found in the burned house is Joey's six week old baby. He would have turned six weeks the day the house burned.

It sounds like her and her boyfriend had a volitale relationship for the four years that they were together. She had gotten a protection order against him at one point when she was pregnant with their first child...a girl..that is with relatives at this time along with a daughter from a previous marriage.

Right up until the little boy...Lex...was born Joey talked about putting him up for adoption. Her boyfriend was a felon and sounds like he had a temper.

Personally, I don't think that she would have just left and left her baby boy to die in that fire. Her car was found 70-80 miles away in the parking lot of a complex where she used to live. I have a feeling that this guy blew and he set the fire. Maybe he forced Joey to go with him or maybe he killed her before the fire was ever started. I haven't read anything that says when Joey was last seen. She could have been gone for days before the fire. He wasn't interested in the girl they had together according to Joey and so there is the possibility that he wasn't interested in the baby boy either and decided to just leave him in the house and set the house on fire.

I hope that this woman is located but I really don't think she will be alive when they find her. If this man left that baby to die in that fire I hope he is found and given the death penalty. What a horrible thing to do to your own child.

SewingDeb 07-25-2007 07:40 AM

Bobbi,
I agree, Lex would have to be the baby whose body was found in the fire. I'm afraid for Joey's life after reading the Crime Library article.

kgeaux 07-25-2007 08:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SewingDeb (Post 1597756)
Bobbi,
I agree, Lex would have to be the baby whose body was found in the fire. I'm afraid for Joey's life after reading the Crime Library article.


Oh, Lord. This just kills me, a little baby dead and his mom missing.

I hope the boyfriend is being EXTENSIVELY checked out. The volitile relationship just may have finally reached it's implosion point.

On the other hand, does anyone know if Joey was suffering from post-partum depression? There's just something about the combination of her comments about putting the baby up for adoption, combined with the fact that her car was found where she used to live in the past that sounds a little like.....like maybe Joey wanted to go back to a simpler time. I hate even thinking this, but post-partum depression can destroy lives, and Joey's circumstances sure had some extra stressers.

BethInAK 07-25-2007 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kgeaux (Post 1597774)
Oh, Lord. This just kills me, a little baby dead and his mom missing.

I hope the boyfriend is being EXTENSIVELY checked out. The volitile relationship just may have finally reached it's implosion point.

On the other hand, does anyone know if Joey was suffering from post-partum depression? There's just something about the combination of her comments about putting the baby up for adoption, combined with the fact that her car was found where she used to live in the past that sounds a little like.....like maybe Joey wanted to go back to a simpler time. I hate even thinking this, but post-partum depression can destroy lives, and Joey's circumstances sure had some extra stressers.


My first reaction to this case was that she somehow hurt the baby - and burned the house and took off. PPD can be very serious stuff. But I didn't know about the boyfriend.

Worried Sister 07-26-2007 10:35 PM

Need to clear up any misconceptions.
 
Joey Offutt is my sister. The family believes that she has been missing days before the fire started. The baby found in the fire was her newborn son. Her other children are being cared for by our family. We are all very worried for her and we fear the worst has happened. Unfortunately, the police are not sharing as much of their investigation with us as we would like. They are researching all avenues, but these things take time. We can only hope that Joey has that time. Any help that the public can give us would be greatly appreciated. We know that someone out there knows what happened that night, please come forward. Let us find closer for our family and her children.

CaliKid 07-27-2007 12:13 AM

Worried Sister, thank you for posting. What can you tell us about Joey that would help us put our heads together and come up with clues?

BethInAK 07-27-2007 03:01 AM

Worried, my thoughts are with your family.

Is there suspicion that the abusive boyfriend is responsible?

Bobbisangel 07-30-2007 08:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Worried Sister (Post 1600250)
Joey Offutt is my sister. The family believes that she has been missing days before the fire started. The baby found in the fire was her newborn son. Her other children are being cared for by our family. We are all very worried for her and we fear the worst has happened. Unfortunately, the police are not sharing as much of their investigation with us as we would like. They are researching all avenues, but these things take time. We can only hope that Joey has that time. Any help that the public can give us would be greatly appreciated. We know that someone out there knows what happened that night, please come forward. Let us find closer for our family and her children.


I'm so sorry that your sister, Joey, is missing. I can't imagine the pain that you and your family are going through. I think that this will come down to the boyfriend. How he could leave that little baby boy in that house is beyond imagining. Has LE even talked to him yet or is he hiding out?

I hope and pray that Joey is alright but her missing and the burning house with the baby in it doesn't look good. I'm glad that you and your family have the other children and that they are loved and safe.

Worried Sister 08-02-2007 09:53 AM

Thank you for all of your concern. The family has created a website www.joeyoffutt.com for any one that wishes to share any information they may have about her whereabouts or what may have happened to her. Hopefully no stone will be left unturned in trying to find her...

angarella 08-02-2007 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Worried Sister (Post 1609170)
Thank you for all of your concern. The family has created a website www.joeyoffutt.com for any one that wishes to share any information they may have about her whereabouts or what may have happened to her. Hopefully no stone will be left unturned in trying to find her...


Thanks for the link. Prayers for Joey, you and your family.....

SewingDeb 08-02-2007 11:17 AM

Worried,

We are praying for Joey. Stay strong and take care of yourself through this ordeal. Hope answers are forthcoming soon.

kgeaux 08-02-2007 01:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Worried Sister (Post 1600250)
Joey Offutt is my sister. The family believes that she has been missing days before the fire started. The baby found in the fire was her newborn son. Her other children are being cared for by our family. We are all very worried for her and we fear the worst has happened. Unfortunately, the police are not sharing as much of their investigation with us as we would like. They are researching all avenues, but these things take time. We can only hope that Joey has that time. Any help that the public can give us would be greatly appreciated. We know that someone out there knows what happened that night, please come forward. Let us find closer for our family and her children.

I am so very sorry about the loss of your little nephew and the disappearance of your sister. I hope and pray she is found alive and well.

I have a couple of questions that keep bothering me. Maybe you could help me out?

If Joey's other two children were with family and Joey was possibly missing for days before the fire, why didn't anyone notice she was gone? No one even knew she was gone until the fire was reported, right? I keep thinking that if I left my two kids with my mom, she'd sure notice if I didn't show up to pick them up and bring them home! Did her other two children LIVE with family? Or was it Joey's normal style to leave the kids with family for days without anyone hearing from her, without her checking in on the kids?

My other question is in regards to the boyfriend. He sure sounds like somebody the investigation should diligently be looking into. Did he and Joey live together? I'm assuming he did not since the fire started at 4 in the morning, but if he did, what is his story for not being home at that time of the late night/early morning?

Bobbisangel 08-04-2007 05:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Worried Sister (Post 1609170)
Thank you for all of your concern. The family has created a website www.joeyoffutt.com for any one that wishes to share any information they may have about her whereabouts or what may have happened to her. Hopefully no stone will be left unturned in trying to find her...


Has LE talked to the boyfriend or is he on the run? I haven't read any information about him at all that I can recall.

hoppyfrog 10-12-2007 05:57 PM

This is Joey's website:

http://www.findjoey.org/default.asp

This is Joey's page on the PA Crime Stoppers website:

http://www.pacrimestoppers.org/fugitive/1203.htm

Here are Joey's pics on the PA State Police website:

http://www.psp.state.pa.us/psp/cwp/v...?a=11&q=176305

Here is Joey's AMW page:

http://www.amw.com/missing_persons/case.cfm?id=48408

Lili 11-14-2008 07:20 PM

America's Most Wanted
 
Saturday Nov. 15th at 9 p.m. on Fov TV


DUBOIS - The state police and the "America's Most Wanted" television show have partnered up to highlight the case of the year-long search for Joey Lynn Offutt in search of leads.
America's Most Wanted airs at 9 p.m. Saturday on Fox TV. The show highlights the search for Offutt. More information is also sought on the death of her infant child.
The investigation continues by members of Troop C of the state police into a structure fire about 4 a.m. July 12, 2007, at 90 Dr. Fugate Drive in Sykesville. The fire consumed a large portion of the residence and an investigation by the state police fire marshal unit concluded the fire was intentionally set.
Continued here:
http://www.thecourierexpress.com/sit...d=572984&rfi=6

JaneInOz 11-15-2008 04:07 AM

Hi
I just found this case via another site that led me to AMW and then i came here and googled her name

I also do not understand how she could be missing days before the fire started ? when she had two other children besides the 6week old baby?

You know this is *sort of* like that episode on cold case not long ago (well screened here not long ago) where the womans child was burned in the fire (so they thought) and they arrested her for the murder but it was not her baby - someone had stolen her baby because they could not have a baby and out a already dead baby body in there and then set fire to it...

Not saying thats the case here !

But I didnt see anything about a BF on AMW ?

AMW says
Quote:

"When police investigated further, they found that not only was Joey missing from her home after the fire, but that nobody had seen or heard from her for several days before the fire took place."
So where were the girls during that time she was not heard from or seen ? and if the girls were with her how did they come to not be at home when the fire consumed house and baby

Poor little baby boy may he RIP sweet Angel

:(

The Car ? was it fingerprinted and so on ? did they figure if she had driven it to that old place where she used to live ?
That is also odd ? why there ?
Is there anyway that after having the baby her mind snapped ? that can happen ? and perhaps she became confused even and so drove to her old place ?
Quote:

Police located Joey's car four days later in State College, PA, parked at the Nittany Gardens apartment complex, where Joey had previously lived.
Why was it there ? of all places ?

Did they check that apartment ? that she previously lived in ?

Lots of questions....

Must be heartbreaking for the family in particularly for her two daughters who must miss their mummy so very much . I hope she is found soon for their sakes


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