Authorities search for missing Amish teen Linda Stoltzfoos on 4 month anniversary of her disappearance


Linda Stoltzfoos

EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — Wednesday marked 4 months since police 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos was kidnapped as she was walking home from church in Lancaster County.

Authorities say Justo Smoker took Stoltzfoos, who is Amish, on June 21 when she was walking on Beechdale Road in Bird-In-Hand.

Over the summer Smoker was charged after investigators found surveillance video capturing his Red Kia Rio in the area where police say Stoltzfoos was taken.

Authorities arrested Smoker and found some of Stoltzfoos’ undergarments, but they have never found her.

“We are still actively investigating this case,” Lieutenant Matthew Hess with the East Lampeter Township Police Department said. “We don’t have Smoker providing details in the case. It’s leaving us to do the investigative leg work to try and figure out what occurred and what happened.”

Authorities have not said if they think Stoltzfoos is alive or dead.

Hess said police conducted another search for Stoltzfoos on Wednesday and he added that finding Stoltzfoos remains a priority.

“We are hoping to find her,” he told ABC 27 News. “We are committed to continuing that investigation until she is found.”

Police are still looking for any witnesses who may have seen Stoltzfoos or Smoker on or after the day of the abduction, June 21. Anonymous tips can be submitted via CrimeWatch.

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