I just watched a press conference on the Linda Stoltzfoos disappearance, which concluded less than an hour ago. Four people spoke – the Lancaster County DA, East Lampeter PD Chief, a PA State Trooper, and an FBI agent on the case.
Lancaster County DA Karen Adams repeated that they still have reason to believe Linda was harmed. She emphasized that Justo Smoker’s car is distinct, with a missing hubcap, black trim, a rear spoiler, and “LCM” sticker on the back.
East Lampeter Police Chief Stephen Zerbe stated that there are searches ongoing at different locations. But they can’t reveal locations of searches, because visitors and unofficial searchers might compromise the areas.
FBI Agent Frank Apicella repeated that there is nothing unusual about the FBI assisting. He detailed the FBI’s contributions including technical assistance with digital evidence, and stated that the $10,000 reward for information “remains in place.”
But to me the two biggest takeaways were, first, PA State Trooper Kevin Kochka’s request for residents of the townships to share “any information they might have” along with home surveillance footage. He specifically named residents of 5 Lancaster County townships:
- East Earl
- East Lampeter
Kochka asked residents from those townships to “think whether they might have seen the red Kia Rio pictured here in recent weeks, and if so, where they saw it. Knowing as much as we can about the movements of that red Kia Rio will assist greatly in this investigation.”
Further, on home surveillance footage: “We ask those residents in those areas, with Ring doorbells, Nest cameras, and other home surveillance devices to review their footage from June 21st and days after. We are asking that information and footage pertaining to the vehicle be submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop J Lancaster at 717-299-7650.”
“To reiterate, there is no piece of information or evidence in this case that is insignificant,” Kochka said.
Second, there are now new, clearer images of Justo Smoker’s KIA Rio. However, I can’t yet locate the images online doing basic searches or other sources. It sounds like they have just now been released. You can partially see them here cropped from the press conference livestream video.
I have sent messages to two of the agencies listed above asking for the images, and will update this page when I get them. Or perhaps they will appear online in other sources.
UPDATE: The photos.
UPDATE 2: Here is the affidavit in the case. Hat tip to reader Ben for passing it along.
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