A young Amish girl named Linda Stoltzfoos was strangled and stabbed to death, then wrapped in a tarp and buried in a shallow grave.
According to Lancaster County coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, after an autopsy, the cause of Linda Stoltzfoos’ death was asphyxia from strangulation and suffocation.
She was 18 years old.
Strangled And Stabbed Full Details
The body of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos was positively identified by the Lancaster County coroner using dental records.
Following an autopsy on Friday, the coroner, Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, determined that the cause of death was asphyxia from strangulation and suffocation. He said the stab wound played a role in her death.
On June 21, 2020, Stoltzfoos was last seen walking home from church in the Bird-in-Hand field. Her body was discovered in a grave alongside railroad tracks, behind a company where the man accused of her murder worked.
Who Killed Linda Stoltzfoos?
In December, Paradise resident Justo Smoker, 35, was charged with homicide and is pending trial. Smoker was first apprehended in August and is accused of kidnapping and false imprisonment. He has entered a not guilty plea.
Authorities have not said what led them to the grave or whether Smoker provided the details as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.
Stoltzfoos’ body was discovered in a brush on railroad land behind a business where Smoker had worked in the small town of Gap along Route 41.
According to investigators, she never arrived at the gathering.
Stoltzfoos was seen walking along Beechdale Road, a path she normally took home after church, according to surveillance footage seen by authorities.
A red Kia Rio was also seen in the video, which matched Smoker’s vehicle registration number. According to prosecutors, the car was seen abandoned in a rural area in Ronks on June 23, and authorities discovered pieces of Stoltzfoos’ clothing buried in a wooded area.
East Lampeter Township Police Department said, “Smoker became a person of interest in the kidnapping after police received information about a red/orange vehicle seen in the Gap area on the afternoon of the abduction,”
“Multiple witnesses in the area reported seeing an Amish female in the passenger seat of a vehicle driven by a male. Witness descriptions of the driver and vehicle are consistent with Smoker and his vehicle.”