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'No Reason To Believe That She Wanted To Leave,' Authorities Say About Amish Teen Who Vanished After Church Service

Police believe 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos may be “at special risk of harm or injury” after she disappeared in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania.

By Jill Sederstrom
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Pennsylvania police believe an Amish teenager who disappeared Sunday after a church service may be “at special risk of harm or injury.”

Linda Stoltzfoos, 18, was last seen Sunday on a farm on Stumptown Road in Bird-In-Hand, according to the East Lampeter Township Police Department. Bird-In-Hand is located in Lancaster County and has a large Amish population.

Stoltzfoos was last seen around 12:30 p.m. and was wearing a tan dress, white apron, and white cap.

“Police believe this person may be at special risk of harm or injury,” Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement that labeled Stoltzfoos as a “missing endangered person.”

There was no “preplanned” reason or events that may explain the teen’s disappearance and no note was left behind, police explained to local station WGAL.

“There’s no reason to believe that she wanted to leave. You know, she didn’t indicate to anyone that she wanted to go take a trip so it’s very out of character for Linda to do this,” East Lampeter Township Police Officer Matt Hess told the station.

After the teen disappeared, volunteers and law enforcement officers searched the rural area for any sign of her, employing the use of K-9s and a drone to aid in the search

Search efforts continued Tuesday but have since been scaled down and restricted to “dedicated trained search teams”, according to a Facebook page created for the missing teen.

“Search efforts are still continuing,” Hess told Oxygen.com Tuesday.

He declined to provide any further details about the case or Stoltzfoos' potential whereabouts.

Stoltzfoos is described as a white female who is 5’10” and weighs approximately 125 pounds. Anyone with information about her disappearance is urged to contact the East Lampeter Township Police.