BREAKING: Lancaster Man Charged with Kidnapping of Linda Stoltzfoos – Her Fate Unknown at This Time
East Lampeter Township Police arrested Justo Smoker Friday night and charged him with felony kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment in the disappearance of Linda Stolzfoos.
Smoker, 34, a black male from Paradise in Lancaster County, is charged with kidnapping the 18-year-old Stoltzfoos, an Amish woman who has been missing for almost four weeks.
She was last seen walking home from church in the Bird-in-Hand area on June 21. Her whereabouts are still unknown.
Investigators are actively searching and working to determine what happened to Stoltzfoos after she was taken. Investigators have reason to believe Stoltzfoos was harmed following her abduction.
The District Attorney’s Office says Smoker became a person of interest in the kidnapping after witnesses reported to police that an Amish woman was seen in the passenger seat of a vehicle that matched the description of Smoker’s red Kia Rio sedan.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen Smoker, or his car, around the time Stoltzfoos was abducted to contact police at 717-291-4676. Smoker’s car is a red Kia Rio sedan with an “LCM” sticker on the trunk with the Pennsylvania license plate KYB-9713.
Smoker was arrested Friday night at his place of employment. Smoker, of 3200 block of Lincoln Highway East, was arraigned Saturday morning on the two charges. He is presumed innocent.
District Judge Joshua Keller, at arraignment, made Smoker ineligible for bail, citing the nature of the charges and the ongoing investigation.
East Lampeter Township police Detective Christopher Jones filed charges. East Lampeter Township police is being assisted by multiple agencies, to include the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police and Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
Investigators say Smoker’s car was seen on June 23 parked in a rural area in Ronks, where they believed Stoltzfoos might have been taken after being kidnapped.
They say they found clothing that may belong to Stoltzfoos buried in a wooded area.
Police say the same vehicle was seen in surveillance video which shows Stoltzfoos’ abduction on Beechdale Road. They say that is the same road Stoltzfoos would have walked to go home after church.