Officials, community members searching for missing Amish teenager in Lancaster County

Lancaster

BIRD IN HAND, Pa. (WHTM) — Police in Lancaster County are searching for a teen who did not return home from a church event Sunday afternoon.

Linda Stoltzfoos, 18, is considered to be a missing person, East Lampeter Township Police Department reports. Police say she was last seen on a farm on Stumptown Road, wearing a tan dress, white apron and white cape. Stoltzfoos is described as around 5’10 and 125 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Monday, dozens of local agencies and community members formed a large search party that scoured the fields and buildings along Beechdale Road in Upper Leacock Township, which is where a neighbor of Stoltzfoos’ says she lives with her family.

As of Monday afternoon, East Lampeter Township Police Lieutenant Matthew Hess said he has no reason to believe foul play is involved. He added that during interviews with family and neighbors, no one hinted that Stoltzfoos was unhappy with her life.

Hess explained that due to a lack of modern technology in most Amish communities, it’s more difficult to track where someone might be; in a traditional missing person’s case, phones, computers or other devices may offer some clue to their whereabouts.

Anyone with information should contact East Lampeter Township Police at 717-291-4676.

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