Missing Amish Teen Went to Church on Sunday—and Never Came Home
The Pennsylvania authorities continued on Wednesday their massive search for an Amish teen who disappeared on Sunday after attending a service - a move that friends and family have described as "atypical" for the "cute girl," who never did Caused trouble.
Linda Stoltzfoos, 18, was last seen around 12:30 p.m. On Sunday, the East Lampeter Community Police Department announced The Daily Beast on a farm on Stumptown Road in the heart of Amish's bucolic country in Pennsylvania.
Authorities said when Stoltzfoos - who was wearing a light brown dress, white apron, and white cape - did not return to her home on Beechdale Road after attending a service near the street, her parents were worried and contacted the police. The story was first reported by LancasterOnline.
"She was a cute, calm girl who would never put herself in a difficult situation," a family friend told The Daily Beast. "We are shocked - she even goes without telling anyone where she is going, is atypical. It is all atypical. "
The authorities also believe that the teenage boy's disappearance is unusual. While she is still being treated as a vulnerable missing person, several law enforcement agencies have joined the search. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, which is also involved in the search, Stoltzfoos may be at particular risk of injury or injury.
A police spokesman for East Lampeter Township said at least 100 volunteers and trained search personnel had invested 1,500 man hours in the search for the missing teenager in rural Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, the FBI joined the search and allowed the authorities to use "more tools" in addition to dogs, horses, ATV equipment, and drones. East Lampeter community detectives interview family members and friends for more information about Stoltzfoos.
Although a foul has not been ruled out, the police are "still trying to find out what may have happened" and are investigating "all angles" of the incident, "police from the East Lampeter community said.
"There is no reason for us to believe that she just wanted to go," a spokesman told The Daily Beast. "This makes it an unusual circumstance - it is completely uncharacteristic for Linda. This is not a normal investigation of a missing person for us, I will say. It is not typical to get the missing person case from the Amish community here . "
The spokesman added that Wednesday's authorities made a “plea to Linda that if she leaves voluntarily, she will have no problems. We just want her to contact us and let us know that she is fine. "
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To make the search easier, a Facebook page titled "Amish Girl Missing - Linda Stoltzfoos" was created to provide updates for the teen's case.
"A new day ... the family and community will continue to search for Linda," said a Wednesday post along with a photo of an open field.
The site, adorned with photos and videos of community members volunteering to search and pray for their safe return, also includes information about community prayer meetings. On Tuesday evening, behind the Smucker homestead in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, a meeting was held where, according to LancasterOnline, over 100 people prayed, cried and sang in the open field.
"Thank you all for your prayers and support," the Facebook post said. “We will have another evening of prayer and worship on behalf of Linda, her family, and the local community. Please join us in person or on Facebook Live when we intervene for Linda tonight. "
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