COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Wednesday marks four years since a man suddenly disappeared in the Poconos. Investigators suspect foul play and believe there are people in the community that can help crack this cold case.
Police say they’ve received some valuable tips about Stephen Lepore of Tobyhanna. But they still need anyone with information to come forward and fill in some missing pieces.
When Dimitrius Guzman moved to Pocono Farms East development in Coolbaugh Township, his neighbor Stephen Lepore was one of the first to welcome him.
“Sometimes I would go to his house, have a little barbeque with him. Little get togethers like the Fourth of July,” recalls Dimitrius Guzman.
Guzman says the 55-year-old enjoyed working on his lawn and car. But after August 17, 2012 neighbors never saw Lepore again.
“We did go out and try to look for him around the community a little bit but nothing turned up,” adds Guzman.
Lepore drove his 2007 Chevrolet Express van the morning he went missing. Investigators say he was running errands with a friend he worked construction with. But Lepore never came home so his girlfriend called police.
“Our investigation showed his cell phone activity ceased on that date,” explains Chief Chris Wagner, Pocono Mountain Regional Police.
About three weeks after he disappeared, police found Lepore’s van abandoned on a dead end on Brown Street in Stroudsburg. It was a strange discovery, since investigators say he didn’t frequent that area.
Detectives suspect foul play and believe there’s someone in the community with answers.
“Missing persons cases generally don’t last this long,” says Chief Wagner.
But investigators and Stephen Lepore’s neighbors are still hoping for a happy ending or finally some closure.
“He was a good man,” Guzman remembers.
If you have any information about the missing man, call State or Pocono Mountain Regional Police. Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward to finally crack this cold case. Callers can remain anonymous.