By Kevin Williams
I find both of these cases to be so troubling and so bewildering.
LINDA STOLTZFOOS: She is the still-missing Amish teenager in Lancaster County. Justin Smoker, 34, has been arrested in conjunction with her disappearance and clothing belonging to Linda has been found...but, so far, she has not. Police believe she was "harmed" during the abduction. Police are now zeroing in on his car. Anyone who saw it on Father's Day, around Father's Day, etc should call police and let them know the details.
Interestingly, it turns out, Justin Smoker and Linda Stoltzfoos are third cousins but, to my eye, it appears to be just random, tragic coincidence. There doesn't appear to be evidence that they knew one another and these types of familial connections are actually pretty common in Lancaster County where large families spread out quickly.
Here are some recent stories:
LATEST ON LINDA STOLTFOOS - CAR IS THE KEY TO THE CASE - CLICK HERE
STOLTFOOS WAS RELATED TO HER KILLER - LANCASTER NEWSPAPERS
SASHA KRAUSE: This is the Mennonite young woman who was abducted outside her church in Farmington, New Mexico. Her body was found days later in Arizona and an airman was arrested.
This adds disturbing new details about the Mennonite woman's disappearance.
And this story sort of picks up where the second one left off.
Airman Mark Gooch maintains his innocence and everyone has the right to a fair trial, but, geez, it doesn't sound very good.
The young woman was a convert to the Plain Mennonite church. Krause is not a name you typically hear in conservative Mennonite churches which tend to have a lot of Amish surnames.
Anyway, I just wanted to update everyone on both of these tragic cases and let's hope they resolve themselves in the best way possible for Linda and justice for Sasha.
Hello. I see your one article about Linda Stoltzfoos says she is "distantly related to her KILLER" Do they know more than what we are hearing? I live near Lancaster and this story saddens me. I pray she is found alive. I hope this was a typing error. Look forward to hearing the answer. Lisa Prescott.
Interesting wording you noticed, Lisa, perhaps they do know more than they are publicly saying...sad story
Not for sure. It seems probable.