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Search for Linda Stoltzfoos continues in East Earl Township

The search for missing Lancaster woman Linda Stoltzfoos continued Monday in East Earl Township.

BLUE BALL, Pa. — The search for missing Lancaster woman Linda Stoltzfoos continued Monday in East Earl Township.

Police and fire departments, volunteer search parties, utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and horses were all part of the search effort.

Justo Smoker, 34, of Paradise, was arrested and taken into police custody July 10 on charges of kidnapping and false imprisonment.

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Earlier that day a Pennsylvania State Police forensics team found clothing—including a bra and foot stockings—believed to belong to Stoltzfoos in a wooded area in Ronks.

Police said they had reason to believe Stoltzfoos was harmed following her abduction.

Multiple witnesses reported seeing an Amish woman in the passenger seat of a car being driven by a man matching Smoker’s description. The description of the car matched Smoker’s car, a red Kia Rio.

Surveillance footage places a red Kia Rio with black trim, a spoiler, and a sticker on the trunk, which matches the description of Smoker's car, on the 500 block of Beechdale Road on June 21.

As Stoltzfoos walked home from a church event on Beechdale Road, police say a person believed to be Smoker approached the young Amish woman. Within seconds, Stoltzfoos is out of frame, and the red Kia Rio drives off.

Smoker was denied bail and remains in Lancaster County Prison. A preliminary hearing for the case is scheduled for July 21.

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Community members gathered for a prayer vigil Saturday night, the first vigil since an arrest was made in the case.