It was reported by one news station yesterday that the station had been given confirmation by “the family” of Linda Stoltzfoos that the human remains found yesterday belonged to her. But no details beyond that were given in the station’s report.

Linda’s uncle Mervin Fisher is now quoted in Lancaster Online on the discovery:

A family member said that remains discovered Wednesday are thought to be that of Linda Stoltzfoos, but investigators have yet to make an official identification.

Mervin Fisher, who is Stoltzfoos’ uncle, said the family has been told there are “strong indicators” the remains recovered are Linda’s.

“All of us have been hoping for closure. It’s not the news we wanted, but progress is moving forward to bring Linda to rest,” he said.

I am guessing that Fisher was the family referred to above. Official confirmation by authorities may take days or weeks. A press conference is to be held at 11 AM today and can be viewed here:

Update: the press conference by Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams was about 20 minutes, and has just ended. It can be viewed in full below. There will be a summary update later.

District Attorney Adams said that although the coroner’s office has yet to make a positive forensic identification, that “we strongly believe and are comfortable saying that the remains are those of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos.”


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