Linda Stoltzfoos, an Amish woman who vanished in June 2020, was killed and kidnapped by Justo Smoker of Paradise Township, who is now in custody at Lancaster County Prison. Many people do not know who he was despite his well-known charge.
The case against the man suspected of kidnapping and killing Linda Stoltzfoos was mainly focused on video surveillance and cellphone records until Wednesday when remains assumed to be those of the missing Amish teenager was discovered in Lancaster County. Justo Smoker is now imprisoned in Lancaster County.
Investigators suspect Smoker moved Stoltzfoos’ body days after her death and buried it on railroad land near a Gap business where he used to work, according to District Attorney Heather Adams during a press conference on Thursday.
Smoker graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 2005 and competed in football and wrestling during the school year.
Smoker earned a 3.0 GPA and a senior spotlight in his high school yearbook by the time he graduated.
The evidence that Smoker was at the original burial site many times is detailed in the charging papers.
The day after Stoltzfoos vanished, Smoker’s car was seen at the back of a business in Ronks, according to the criminal complaint.
On July 10, three weeks later, investigators found Stoltzfoos’ clothes hidden in a wooded area behind the home.
Adams said, “Investigators have reason to believe that Smoker originally killed Linda within hours of her kidnapping on June 21 and buried her behind the business on Harvest Drive in Ronks where Linda’s stockings and bra had previously been discovered and where Smoker’s car had been seen,”
Smoker’s DNA was allegedly discovered on one of the stockings, according to police reports.
Smoker was seen seven times at the Ronks location between June 22 and June 27, according to video surveillance and cellphone records. Three of those occasions occurred on June 23, two days after Stoltzfoos was last seen, according to police.
Smoker and his car were also found along the road where Stoltzfoos was abducted, according to surveillance video and cellphone records, as well as witness statements.