LANCASTER COUNTY – Authorities announced the recovery of human remains during a search in a rural area of eastern Lancaster County related to the disappearance of a young Amish woman last summer. The search was related to the disappearance of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos, who has been missing since June 21, 2020. The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene and will make a formal identification and determine the cause and manner of death. Stoltzfoos was last seen walking home from church in the Bird-in-Hand area when she disappeared. 35-year-old Justo Smoker of Paradise is charged with homicide, false imprisonment, and kidnapping. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office says the Stoltzfoos family has been notified and are still processing this information. They ask that the family be given privacy during this difficult time.

JUSTO SMOKER

LINDA STOLTZFOOS