Left and Center: Corey circa, 1986
Right: Age Progressed to age 34
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: October 12, 1986
Missing From: New Columbia, Union County, Pennsylvania
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: June 11, 1984
Age: 2 years old
Height and Weight: 3’0″ and 30 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Blonde hair, Blue eyes
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white short sleeved pajama top with a cartoon image of a beaver on the front and gray pajama pants
NCMEC Number: 601130
Details of Disappearance
Corey was last seen in New Columbia, Pennsylvania on October 12th 1986. He was last scene at his residence on Second Street. Corey lived with his mother, Debbie S. Derr, his sister, and a roommate Alberta Sones along with his two young children.
On the night of his disappearance, Debbie left Corey asleep in her bedroom while she went to a nearby convenience store to purchase a pizza at approximately 12:10 am. Corey’s sister and Sones and the young children were at the home during this time. The bedroom Corey was sleeping in was sleeping in was upstairs.
Debbie returned home approximately 30 minutes later and discovered that Corey was missing from the home and that the door was open. Berta stayed that she was awake and watching television and did not hear any strange noises and didn’t see Corey leave or anyone come into the home.
Corey has never been seen or heard from since that night. Authorities were able to confirm that Debbie did in fact go to the store when she said she did and Alberta passed a polygraph test. His family members are not believed to have been involved in his disappearance. His parents were both ruled out in the case.
According to reports, many of Corey’s relatives received ransom calls in the months and years after Corey’s disappearance. His grandmother stated she got a ransom call from an unidentified woman in January of 1991. The caller remains unidentified.
In the summer of 2020, investigators have announced that they are close to solving Corey’s disappearance and have offered a $10,000 award for anyone having information about the case. They do not believe he was abducted by a stranger despite this being a publicized theory about the case.
Investigators now believe someone in Edkin’s family was involved in his disappearance. They have not disclosed whether they believe the child is still living but have said they will likely make an arrest soon. Corey’s disappearance remains unsolved. His case remains classified as a non family abduction due to lack of evidence.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Pennsylvania State Police 717-742-8761