Search continues for missing Amish teenager one month after her disappearance

IT TAKES TWO SECONDS TO SHARE: Have you seen Linda Stoltzfoos?


It's been nearly one month since Linda Stoltzfoos disappeared in Pennsylvania. Police in Lancaster County say she was kidnapped while she was walking home from church, and she remains missing.

Court papers provide information about the alleged abduction and detail what led police to arrest 34-year-old Justo Smoker on a kidnapping charge.


According to the criminal complaint, surveillance cameras put Smoker's car in the area where Stoltzfoos vanished June 21. Investigators said the video, which was enhanced by the FBI, captured Smoker's red Kia driving along Stumptown and Beechdale roads between 12:36 p.m. and 12:42 p.m.

The video shows a person walking in the direction Stoltzfoos would have been headed and a second unknown person coming from the direction where the Kia pulled off, according to court papers.

The affidavit alleges that witnesses told investigators they saw an Amish woman riding in a red car on Amish Road in Gap around 1:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Police said another witness reported seeing the vehicle two days later, parked near train tracks in Ronks around 5 p.m. Some of Stoltzfoos's clothing was buried there, according to police.

Authorities seek public's help as search continues

Search and rescue crews have combed through more than 10,000 acres to try to find Stoltzfoos. A search Friday involved hundreds of volunteers in the woods of Welsh Mountain.

Authorities are also seeking tips about Smoker's car. During a news conference last week, Pennsylvania State Police asked residents of East Earl, East Lampeter, Leacock, Paradise and Salisbury townships to contact them if they saw the vehicle on and around June 21.

kidnapping suspect's vehicle
Lancaster County District Attorney's Office
Justo Smoker’s vehicle

The FBI is also assisting with the investigation and is offering a $10,000 reward for information. People can contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit a tip online at

Tips can also be submitted online to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

Justo Smoker and Linda Stoltzfoos
Justo Smoker and Linda Stoltzfoos.