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An Amish woman from Pennsylvania who disappeared from church on her way home was strangled, suffocated and stabbed in the neck, a medical examiner said on Friday.
The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office used medical records to uniquely identify the body of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos, whose remains were found wrapped in a tarp and buried on railroad property near a Gap town store on Wednesday, PennLive.com reported.
Stoltzfoos died of asphyxiation due to strangulation and suffocation, medical assistant Eric Bieber said after an autopsy performed early Friday. A stab in the teenager’s neck also contributed to his death, Bieber said.
Justo Roberto Smoker, 35, of Paradise, was charged with kidnapping and illegal detention during Stoltzfoos’ disappearance in July. These charges then led to murder in December.
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District Attorney Heather Adams said prosecutors believed Smoker killed Stoltzfoos just hours after her kidnapping as she returned from church.
Stoltzfoos is said to have disappeared on June 21, Father’s Day, after leaving church and returning home to change before a meeting of a group of young people. She was last seen in Bird-in-Hand in a beige dress, white apron and white cape, East Lampeter Township police said.
Prior to Wednesday’s discovery, search efforts to find the teenager’s remains had exceeded 15,000 hours.
FBI officials had also offered a reward of $ 10,000 for the information leading to the arrest of the case, which sparked extensive research, including the tracking of dogs, horses and drones.
Authorities declined to say at a press conference Thursday how they found Stoltzfoos’ body on rail property bordering a water treatment plant where Smoker was working at the time, PennLive.com reported.
According to Adams, investigators suspect that Smoker moved the teenager’s body and buried him on the railroad grounds days after his death, WGAL reported.
The smoker’s car was already discovered in a Ronks store the day Stoltzfoos went missing. This led to a criminal complaint from the broadcaster.
Investigators Found ?
Investigators later found Stoltzfoos’ clothes, including a bra and stockings, buried in a wooded area behind the property in mid-July. Smoking DNA was found on one of the socks, according to court documents.
The smoker, arrested on July 10, is being held in Lancaster County Jail on Friday without bail, according to online records. He has pleaded not guilty, reports LancasterOnline.com.
Sixteen months before Stoltzfoos’ alleged murder, Smoker was released from prison in February 2019 after serving more than 12 years with his brother in a spate of armed robberies in 2006, the site reported.