BLOOMSBURG, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- Police, family, and friends have been spending nearly the past two months searching for a missing Montour Township teenager.
Corinna Slusser, 19, disappeared into New York in early September and hasn’t been seen or heard from ever since. Now, NYPD says they believe this is a case of human trafficking.
Slusser was reported missing on September 20, the same day she was last seen leaving Haven Motel in Queens, New York in the early hours of the morning.
Family members are now doing everything they possibly can to get her to return home.
“This is honestly like a Lifetime movie that you never think would happen to you, never in a million years,” says Julie Becker, Slusser’s aunt. “It does feel like days and it feels like it’s surreal and living someone else’s life.”
Becker describes a strong bond with the now-missing teenager.
“We had a special relationship and your typical aunt-nice relationship that she could confide in me and also that I could be her friend,” says Becker.
But Becker kept a secret from her family. In September, Slusser up and moved to New York City.
“Everyone was shocked that she had ended up in the Bronx,” says Cameron Seely, Slusser’s best friend. “No one really knew anything about it.”
It wasn’t until after the fact that family and friends found out she was living in an apartment with a 32-year-old man, presumed to be her pimp.
“The fair was coming to town and I said to her, ‘are you coming home?’ and she said, ‘yeah, absolutely.’ She never came home,” says Seely.
According to family, in September Slusser skipped her grandfather’s funeral in Florida. Slusser made a story about having her identification stolen, making it impossible for her to board a plane. The day before the service was the last contact Slusser had with her loved ones.
“I was like, somebody hurt you. Who hurt you? Are you safe? And she just wasn’t answering me at that point,” says Becker.
“I definitely am going to remain hopeful for other people like myself,” says Seely. “I, myself, it’s hard to remain hopeful at this point because she was such an avid social media user, such an avid personality, there was not a time that she didn’t go without somebody hearing from her.”
But they’re not giving up.
“She’s in trouble and we need to find her and we need to make her safe and until we find her, we’re not going to stop looking,” says Becker.
Right before Slusser went missing she received an Order of Protection against the 32-year-old man she was living with after he strangled her and beat her in the shower, and also stole $300. However, he made bail on $1,000.
Anyone with information in regards to Slusser’s whereabouts is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.