Missing Tyler man’s vehicle located Tuesday off Toll 49; search underway

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Updated: Jan. 12, 2021 at 7:27 PM CST
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SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - An active search is underway Tuesday evening for a Tyler man missing for nearly a week.

21-year-old Corbin Stiefer was last seen on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Tyler. He left home without his phone, ID, and medication, his family says. His car was located today off of Toll 49. Tyler Police Department and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, including K9 officers, are at the scene.

21-year-old Corbin Stiefer
21-year-old Corbin Stiefer(Steifer family)

Tuesday night, Tyler police are searching the area off Toll 49 West along County Rd 1151. Stiefer’s vehicle was found in the area which led officers to begin searching for him, officials say.

His father, Jeff Stiefer, says that the car was in the area at least since Saturday. Neighbors in the area told him that they saw the car running but thought nothing of it. They said that it’s not unusual for people to park there, dump trash there, and so forth, so they didn’t think it was unusual.

Jeff’s friend did a flyover on Tuesday and spotted the car off of the toll road. One of the neighbors called the police to report the car on Tuesday, as well.

Officials are also checking area hospitals, they said.

A search with detectives will begin again on Wednesday morning.

Stiefer’s family told KLTV last week that they are upset and confused.

“We are just baffled at where our son could be,” Corbin’s mother, Carys, said. “My 21-year-old son was headed to an appointment Wednesday morning during the rain and he left our house in south Tyler about 11:40 and I have not seen or heard from him since. He forgot his phone and his ID and his wallet.”

Stiefer’s family says this behavior is unusual for him. He has been at home in Tyler since leaving Abilene Christian University in October due to an illness.

“He’s such a wonderful young man. He’s well loved by this family, well loved by his friends,” his grandfather said.

Stiefer’s mother says the illness, that requires medication, has been weighing on him.

“He has been down about his illness and he’s lost quite a bit of weight and hasn’t been feeling good,” she said.

We have a reporter at the scene of the search and will continue to bring updates as it progresses.

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