AMISH teenager Linda Stoltzfoos disappeared in Pennsylvania after a Sunday church service. The 18-year-old reportedly never made it home and was
AMISH teenager Linda Stoltzfoos disappeared in Pennsylvania after a Sunday church service.
The 18-year-old reportedly never made it home and was believed to have been kidnapped by a man named Justo Smoker.
Linda Stoltzfoos went missing in June of 2020 after walking home from a church service[/caption]
Who is Linda Stoltzfoos and when did she go missing?
Linda Stoltzfoos is an Amish teenager who was believed to have been kidnapped on Beechdale Road in Bird-in-Hand, East Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania.
She was reportedly last seen on June 21, 2020 walking from church to her parents’ Upper Leacock Township home.
A month after her disappearance, police arrested a man named Justo Smoker after he was believed to have been involved in her kidnapping.
He was first charged with kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment, but prosecutors added a homicide charge in December of 2020 after they concluded that he was involved in Stoltzfoos’ death.
Stoltzfoos was believed to have been murdered by a man named Justo Smoker[/caption]
East Lampeter Township police Detective Christopher Jones testified that DNA samples from Smoker’s cheeks matched DNA samples found on Stoltzfoos’ blue bra and white stockings.
Jones also testified that several Amish females told investigators that they recalled seeing a car matching Smoker’s driving around them near where Stoltzfoos disappeared.
Smoker had reportedly bought alcohol, packs of gloves and five pairs of shoelaces the day before and of the teen’s disappearance.
What have police said about Linda Stoltzfoos disappearance?
Police have found human remains in a rural area in the eastern part of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania while searching for Stoltzfoos on April 21, 2021.
It is unclear if they are Stoltzfoos’.
The remains will be sent to the Lancaster County Coroner’s office for official identification and a cause of death.
Police reportedly found human remains on April 21, 2021 near the area where Stoltzfoos went missing[/caption]
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Police also said they notified members of Stoltzfoos’ family.
According to her loved ones, Stoltzfoos was happy with her life and did not have plans to leave her community.
She was reportedly involved in her church and had plans to attend a youth group the day she went missing.