Judge orders man accused of kidnapping Amish woman to stand trial


EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — A judge has ruled there is enough evidence against 34-year-old Justo Smoker to send his case to trial.

Smoker, who appeared in court on Wednesday for a preliminary, is charged with kidnapping 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos in Lancaster County.

Stoltzfoos, who is Amish, hasn’t been seen since after she left church on June 21.

Police say Smoker kidnapped Stoltzfoos as she was walking to her home on Beechdale Road in Bird-In-Hand.

During the hearing on Wednesday East Lampeter Township Police testified that Smoker’s red Kia Rio was caught on camera near the abduction site and they believe they can see the moments Smoker took Stoltzfoos. Police also testified that Smoker can be seen driving the red Kia Rio away with someone sitting in the passenger seat of the car on June 21.

Previously police said some of Linda’s clothes were later found buried in a wooded area off of Harvest Road in Ronks.

New testimony on Wednesday from State Police indicates that investigators also found a zip tie near where Linda’s clothes were found.

Investigators said Smoker’s Kia Rio was also spotted at a business off of Harvest Road two days after Linda disappeared.

Police still have not found Stoltzfoos and they believe she may have been harmed.

During testimony on Wednesday police also said there is no evidence to lead them to believe that Linda Stoltzfoos knew Justo Smoker prior to her reported abduction.

Smoker faces felony kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment charges. He is currently in the Lancaster County Prison.

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