Linda Stoltzfoos

Amish teen disappeared walking home from church 4 weeks ago

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information about the disappearance of Linda Stoltzfoos, an Amish woman who hasn’t been seen in nearly a month.

Stoltzfoos, 18, was last seen at about 12:30 p.m. on June 21 after church services at a home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, near Bird-in-Hand, NBC10 reported. But her family said she never arrived home and did not attend evening services that day.

She was wearing a tan dress, white apron, and white cape at the time of her disappearance, and the FBI created a composite of Stoltzfoos as she might appear with her hair down and wearing typical American clothing.

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Stoltzfoos weighs about 125 pounds and stands five feet 10 inches tall with blue eyes and brown hair, Daily Local News said.

Lt. Matthew Hess of the East Lampeter Township Police Department told NBC10 last month that although some Amish children do want to leave their community, it was “highly out of character” for Stoltzfoos.

“This is unlike her,” Hess said. “There are certain teenage Amish kids who would have that personality or would express that interest, want to see the world. There was no indication that this is the case for Linda.”

Although investigators have so far found no evidence of foul play, they don’t believe Stoltzfoos left of her own accord, Hess said. He also said the investigation has turned up no signs that she wanted to run away or was planning to do so.

The organized search for Stoltzfoos has ended for now, Hess said, but law enforcement is supporting the local community while they continue the search. Police are also following up all leads that come in.

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[Featured image: Linda Stoltzfoos/FBI]