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Pennsylvania man charged with kidnapping of missing Amish woman

2020-07-17

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested in the disappearance of an 18-year-old Amish girl who has been missing since Father’s Day.

Justo Smoker, 34, was arrested Friday and charged with felony kidnapping and misdemeanor false imprisonment, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said Saturday.

Officials began investigating Smoker after witnesses reported to police seeing an Amish woman in a car that matched his red Kia Rio sedan, according to WGAL.

Linda Stoltzfoos was last seen on June 21 walking home from church near Bird-in-Hand.

The FBI announced a $10,000 reward for information Friday.

Officials still have not found Stoltzfoos and it’s unclear if she’s alive. Prosecutors said Saturday they believe she was “harmed following her abduction.”


Investigators found the Kia Rio parked in a wooded area in Ronks on June 23, two days after she went missing. Clothes believed to be Stoltzfoos’ were found buried nearby.

Stoltzfoos was last seen wearing a tan dress, a white apron and black head covering. Authorities said she’s 5-foot-10, weighs about 125 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI or contact the East Lampeter Township police.

Smoker is being held without bail.