Justo Smoker was charged with the June 21 kidnapping of Linda Stoltzfoos, 18, in July when he was taken into police custody. On Monday, prosecutors charged him along with her homicide, the Lancaster County District Legal professional’s Workplace stated.
Stoltzfoos’ physique has not been recovered however authorities consider Smoker kidnapped her whereas she was strolling house from church.
“Given the circumstances of Linda’s disappearance; particularly, that she was forcefully kidnapped by a stranger, we at all times feared she suffered a tragic destiny,” Lancaster County District Legal professional Heather Adams stated Monday. “After cautious consideration of the entire info uncovered by the investigation as a complete, we at the moment are able – legally – to cost Smoker with homicide.”
Investigators stated proof helps the conclusion that Stoltzfoos was killed.
“There was nothing discovered, no report or proof, that signifies Linda was planning to depart her house and group,” Adams stated. “And since June 21, there have been no indicators of Linda or traces of exercise or routines involving Linda.”
Police proceed to seek for her physique, she stated.
Authorities stated they obtained stories of a Kia — Smoker drove the identical kind of auto — with a driver marching Smoker’s description following Amish females on June 20. His cellphone was within the space of the kidnapping, they stated.
Inside hours previous to the alleged stalking incidents, Smoker bought alcohol and a number of pairs of disposable cleansing gloves and boot and shoelaces. Within the early days of their seek for Stoltzfoos, authorities discovered a pair of her bra and stockings buried by Smoker in a wooded space, prosecutors stated.
Smoker’s DNA was discovered on one of many stockings, they stated.