LANCASTER – Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams said while the county coroner has not made a positive forensic identification of human remains discovered during a search in a rural area of eastern Lancaster County, based on all the evidence they possess, they strongly believe the body is that of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos. The remains were recovered behind a business in a grave on railroad property wrapped in a tarp. An autopsy is scheduled for today. Adams said a preliminary review of the body by the Coroner’s office was consistent with that of a female of the same age, found with a dress, bonnet, and shoes consistent with the clothing worn by Stoltzfoos on the day of her disappearance. The 18-year-old Stoltzfoos had been last seen walking home from church in the Bird-in-Hand area when she disappeared on June 21 of last year. 35-year-old Justo Smoker of Paradise is charged with homicide, false imprisonment, and kidnapping. Authorities believe Stoltzfoos was killed within hours of her being kidnapped and buried behind a business on Harvest Drive in Ronks where some of her garments had been located. They believe Smoker moved her body to the rear of Smoker’s previous place of employment, Dutchland, Inc. along Route 41 several days afterward.

JUSTO SMOKER

LINDA STOLTZFOOS