Family speaks out after police find body of missing man: ‘He was well loved’

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Corbin Stiefer, 21, vanished without a trace exactly a week ago.

His family had previously said he was “very ill.” He struggled with Crohn’s disease.

There was no sign of Stiefer for some time, until his car was spotted Tuesday. This gave officials some direction, so they could to continue their search for the young man.

On Wednesday, police and loved ones split into groups to cover more ground in hopes of finding him fast and hopefully find him alive. They combed through woods, beneath over-passes and walked into tall grass.

They eventually found him around 11:00 a.m. a few hundred yards from where his vehicle was discovered.

Law enforcement said there was no sign of foul play, and an autopsy will be scheduled.

After this tragedy, Stiefer’s family also spoke with KETK News about the type of person that he was.

“He was just a fun, fun-loving, joyful person with a good sense of humor,” said Carys Stiefer, Corbin’s mother. He was also her only son.

Dewayne Manning, Stiefer’s grandfather also mentioned the big impact that his grandson made on his family and community in such a short amount of time.

“The loss of Corbin was really, really a deep loss for us,” said Manning.

Corbin’s mother also mentioned that her son loved God. The family is planning to do something special to remember him.

“We’re going to put a cross near where his car was found,” said Carys.


UPDATE (8:15 A.M.) – The search for a “very ill” Tyler man is resuming Wednesday morning after his car was found near Toll 49 on Tuesday.

21-year-old Corbin Stiefer has been missing for one week and was last seen on Briar Creek Drive in Tyler.

He was wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. Stiefer is 5’7” and 108 pounds. He has short brown hair and a patchy beard.

If you see Stiefer, call the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000.


TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The car of a man who has been missing since last week was located Tuesday at County Road 1150 and Loop 49 near a wooded area.

According to the Tyler Police Department, Tyler PD and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office searched and brought dogs out, but weren’t able to locate 21-year-old Corbin Stiefer. The search was called off due to the dark, but it will continue tomorrow morning.

The car was towed to the police department for processing to see if investigators can find any further evidence.

Stiefer’s car

Stiefer was last seen on Jan. 6 on Briar Creek Drive in Tyler.

Stiefer’s family members previously said he is “very ill.”

He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. Stiefer is 5’7” and 108 pounds. He has short brown hair and a patchy beard.

If you see Stiefer, call the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000.

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