GUILTY PA - Linda Stoltzfoos, 18, murdered, Bird-in-Hand, Lancaster County, 21 June 2020 *arrest* #4

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  1. Emi

    Emi Well-Known Member

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    Ryan Eldredge @RyanEldredgeTV 1h
    “Based on all information we strongly believe and are comfortable saying that the remains are those of Linda Stoltzfoos. The body was located behind a business in a grave on railroad property wrapped in a tarp.” Autopsy scheduled for Friday. Found with a dress, bonnet, shoes

    Ryan Eldredge @RyanEldredgeTV 1h
    BREAKING: Investigators strongly believe that Linda’s body was subsequently moved to Justo Smoker’s former place of employment.
     


  2. castilloisno1

    castilloisno1 Well-Known Member

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    Could someone point out where I can find where they were speculating that another person might be involved? I just can't remember if it was in one of the threads and was it family or a coworker? I am not looking for a name...just trying to remember what people were guessing when JS was first named a suspect. I spent a getaway out in Ronks in Oct. Her poster was everywhere. I had hoped her body would be found as facts were leading towards her being harmed.
     
  3. Rocky1

    Rocky1 Well-Known Member

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    I agree, however, it's not up to her parents to decide. It's up to the DA to prosecute the case as a DP case, and the jury will decide on the sentence.
    Her parents can present a "Victims Impact Statement", and that can be considered while determining the sentence, but it's not the deciding factor.
     
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  4. swanniee11

    swanniee11 Well-Known Member

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    @Rocky1 , Yes I am aware of that. It was just my personal thoughts regarding the family not wanting it. IMO
     
  5. sds71

    sds71 Well-Known Member

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    UPDATE! District Attorney Adams Holds Press Conference On The Development in Linda Stoltzfoos Investigation | Lancaster County District Attorney's Office (crimewatchpa.com)

    APRIL 22, 2021 District Attorney Heather L. Adams held a press conference today on the investigative development released last night regarding the Linda Stoltzfoos investigation. D.A. Adams was joined by members of the East Lampeter Township Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and First Assistant Todd Brown and First Deputy Travis Anderson. These individuals and their agencies have spent significant time and resources investigating the homicide of Linda Stoltzfoos who disappeared on June 21, 2020, after being kidnapped while walking home from church. Justo Smoker was charged three weeks after Stoltzfoos’ disappearance with felony Kidnapping and misdemeanor False Imprisonment. In December 2020, our office alleged that the passing of time, along with the complete cessation of all routine activities led to the inevitable conclusion that Linda was deceased. As a result, Justo Smoker now stands charged with criminal homicide, felony kidnapping and false imprisonment relating to the death of Linda Stoltzfoos. He is currently incarcerated at Lancaster County Prison awaiting trial on those charges. Smoker is presumed innocent. Yesterday, on what was the ten-month anniversary of Linda’s disappearance, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, East Lampeter Township Police Department and Pennsylvania State Police recovered human remains behind Justo Smoker’s previous place of employment, located on Route 41 in eastern Lancaster County. While the Coroner’s Office has not yet made a positive forensic identification, based on all the information currently available to us, we strongly believe – and we are comfortable saying – that the remains are those of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos. The remains were recovered on railroad property in a grave and wrapped in a tarp yesterday afternoon.
    Based on the discovery, the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene. The scene was forensically processed, and the remains were released to the Lancaster County Coroner for official identification and determination of cause and manner of death. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday, however, a preliminary review of the body by the Coroner’s Office indicates that the body was consistent with that of a female of relevant age and was found with a dress, bonnet and shoes consistent with clothing worn by Linda on the day of her disappearance. The District Attorney’s Office is unable to comment at this time on the specific details that led investigators to search this area yesterday, however, 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 recovered. Investigators have further reason to believe that Smoker subsequently moved Linda to the location behind his place of employment within several days after the homicide. District Attorney Adams noted that law enforcement searched extensively for Linda’s body since June of last year utilizing multiple resources including troopers, communications teams and specialized search and rescue teams who searched with drones, K-9s, horses, ATVS, submarines and ground penetrating radar. “There is simply no room for criticism of law enforcements efforts in this case” District Attorney Adams said. The Pennsylvania State Police dedicated hundreds of man-hours to the search for the recovery of Linda’s body as did the Middle Creek Search and Rescue team, a team of trained volunteers performing search and rescue operations in South Central Pennsylvania. In total, over 2,338 searchers participated in searches involving over 15,000 man-hours. The property surrounding Smoker’s employment was subjected to searches and the area of the burial site had in fact been covered by the search.
    The burial site itself is not on the business property and not easily accessible. Investigators utilized cell phone records of Smoker’s whereabouts on the day of the kidnapping to guide many, but not all, of their searches for Linda. Smoker’s place of employment was not a location of significant interest as, according to cellphone records, there is no indication that Smoker travelled to his place of employment on the day of the kidnapping. District Attorney Adams stated that that efforts to recover the body have never ceased, “Since charging this case we have maintained two goals: bringing Linda home to her family and securing a murder conviction against Smoker. While we charged the crime of homicide in December, I have no doubt that for Linda’s family, her death only became a reality upon the news of her body being recovered” District Attorney Adams said. We ask that the family be given privacy during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to the family as they process this news, their grief, and the many emotions that it will bring. This case has had great impact on the Amish Community, the community as a whole in Lancaster County and beyond. Our office is aware that there is significant public interest in this case and in the coming weeks, we will be able to share more information regarding how Linda’s remains were discovered. Source:

    Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: NEWS POST: UPDATE! District Attorney Adams Holds Press Conference On The Development in
     
  6. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    I believe it was his brother.
     
  7. moonriverfarm

    moonriverfarm Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have a google earth shot of the area where the body was buried?
     
  8. sds71

    sds71 Well-Known Member

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    But District Attorney Heather Adams says the burial site on railroad property in a wooded area behind the business took tools to access and was not plainly visible.

    Once they got to the site, now under further examination, they found a body wrapped in a tarp, buried somewhere around 40-plus inches deep
    'Strongly believe' human remains found are body of Linda Stoltzfoos, DA says | WOLF (fox56.com)

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  9. Rosegold68

    Rosegold68 Well-Known Member

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    its just railroad and woods behind his workplace. not sure what the equipment could be used for

    google does have whats looks like car tracks going through a field to the railroad edge just down from his workplace off walker lane. not sure when the aerial photos are from though
     
  10. Tealgrove

    Tealgrove #Where Is Summer? #Gannon Is My Hero

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    Me too. Somebody talked. It sounds like she was well hidden. MOO

    This is the second case I’ve followed recently where a body has been hidden then moved to another location.
     
  11. Rosegold68

    Rosegold68 Well-Known Member

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    also, just off walker lane i see a cut out bit....like brick walls in a square shape....1 on each side of the railroad....wonder what these are, does anyone know?
     
  12. Songbird1973

    Songbird1973 Well-Known Member

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    I "think" it is a culvert for the creek that is shown crossing the tracks right there.

    Dropped pin
    Google Maps

    The pin above is where the creek appears to pass under the tracks.

    The image below is a screenshot of that same spot, circled in red.
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    This is a larger area including the Dutchland company, showing the creek area ( circled in red). The creek is blue, and what appears to be a paved walking/ATV trail is yellow.
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    This is an enlarged area of the RR/creek area. The square structure seen by Rosegold68 is circled in red.

    43EE8F38-E1AB-47A1-909E-45537ECEFC73.jpeg

    At first I didn't see the creek on satellite view and thought I was an extension of the walking trail big enough for humans to go through. It my opinion that its for the creek, but it very possible that it is actually big enough to walk through if the water is low enough.
     
  13. Limecat

    Limecat Lime + Cat = Limecat

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    I saw the news last night about Linda and came to post and see what was known. And I just couldn’t even bring myself to type another RIP post. Which is silly because I’ve certainly believed most of these past 10 months that she was no longer with us, and I’ve prayed so much she’d be found, and am glad she was. But it just felt too heavy to type. I was so sad I I just couldn’t bring myself to say it all.

    I pray she rests in peace and that her family and loved ones are comforted by having Linda at least come home at last.
     
  14. sds71

    sds71 Well-Known Member

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  15. Blue Ridge

    Blue Ridge Armchair Detective

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    Like button just wasn't enough ....I just want to thank you for this beautiful post OBE. You said what is on my heart too, but way more eloquently than I ever could have. It brought tears.

    Rest in peace, sweet Linda. My prayers are with your family.

    MOO
     
  16. swedeheart

    swedeheart Well-Known Member

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    further down, just past his workplace is another set of square structures, one on each side of tracks....same type of structure.
     
  18. nataliewould

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    I know this area well. It gives me chills that such a peaceful place can be the center of such evil & tragedy. RIP Ms Stoltzfoos.
     
  19. Angels Advocate

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    I think JS took her there where someone was waiting. Then he left.
     
  20. Hereshecomes75

    Hereshecomes75 Well-Known Member

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    The logistics here are puzzling me. How could he bury a body, dig it up, and move it to a deep hole presumably in a wooded area and rebury it all alone? My feeling is that someone else was involved and either turned on Justo out of a guilty conscience or had reason to make a deal to save his own butt from something else.
     

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