Missing Abilene Christian University student found dead in east Texas


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene Christian University student who went missing last week has been found dead in east Texas.

Corbin Stiefer, 21, was found lying in a ditch a few hundred yards from his vehicle Wednesday morning.

The vehicle was found in Tyler, Texas, near a heavily wooded area Tuesday – nearly one week after Stiefer was initially reported missing on January 6.

A social media post from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirms Stiefer was an Abilene Christian University student.

Stiefer’s Facebook page shows he is originally from Tyler, Texas, but lived in Abilene while he was attending school.

No foul play is currently suspected in connection to Stiefer’s death, but his body will undergo an autopsy.

Family members told KTAB and KRBC sister station KETK that Stiefer was “very ill” at the time of his disappearance.

ACU President Phil Schubert sent the following email to students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday regarding the incident:

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are saddened to learn this morning of the death of a recent student, Corbin Stiefer of Tyler, Texas. Corbin was a history major and a member of Galaxy men’s fraternity. His sister, Darcy, is a first-year student at ACU, and his parents Jeff (’96) and Carys (Manning ’94) are alumni.

I’ve spoken to the family, and we extend them our sincere condolences as they mourn the loss of their son and brother. Our thoughts and prayers are also with those in our own community who knew Corbin and are grieving. The ACU Counseling Center is available on campus and can be reached at counseling@acu.edu or 325-674-2626. You can also access counseling services through our telehealth provider, Wildcat Care.

Please join me in praying for the Stiefer family and Corbin’s friends and loved ones. ACU’s flag will fly at half-staff in his memory. Memorial arrangements are pending and details will be shared on myACU as we learn more.

In Him,


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