34-year-old Justo Smoker Charged in Linda Stoltzfoos Kidnapping

The news this morning that someone had been arrested in the Linda Stoltzfoos missing person case, followed by this update from police, is utterly heartbreaking! I feel a mix of grief for the family and Amish community, and anger at the evil done against them. Especially against Linda.

Please take time to read the update PARADISE MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING 18-YR-OLD LINDA STOLTZFOOS., and share the photos as requested (below).

“We ask that members of the media and public share and distribute, if possible, the photos of Smoker and his vehicle on broadcasts and reports and via social media channels.” Source: PARADISE MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING 18-YR-OLD LINDA STOLTZFOOS.

And continue to pray for her family and the community. When such a tragedy is imposed on a community it causes deep collective suffering and loss of safety. May God be near them and comfort their sorrowing hearts. While the article states they believe Linda was harmed, at this point nothing further is stated, so we continue to pray she is found and our hearts long for her safety.

As always…

Love,
~ T ~

© Trudy Metzger 2020

Amish Girl Missing & Considered Endangered: Lancaster PA

An 18 year old girl, Linda Stoltzfoos, did not return home from church on Sunday June 21, 2020.

PA State Police put out the following statement: LANCASTER COUNTY: Missing Endangered Person Advisory. The East Lampeter Township Police Department is searching for Linda Stoltzfoos, 18. She is 5’10”, 125 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen on June 21 at 12:30 p.m. on Stumptown Road, Upper Leacock Township. She was wearing a tan dress, a white apron, and white cap. Police believe this person may be at special risk of harm or injury. Anyone with information on Stoltzfoos should contact police immediately by calling 911 or The East Lampeter Township Police Department at 717-291-4676.

The following update was put up on the Facebook page for Linda 35 minute ago, at 3:12pm, Monday June 22:

Search Update: They are still welcoming any volunteers. Volunteers on Horseback and ATV’s are welcome. Please report to the Bird-in-Hand Firehall if you are willing and able to help. 313 Enterprise Dr, Bird in Hand, PA 17505.

The search will continue today until 9PM

For those of us who left the Conservative Anabaptist setting and ‘disappeared’ for a time, it can be challenging to respond to these cases. I left a home with abuse and violence and didn’t want to be found for a time. I find myself processing missing person cases through that lens, and I know many others do as well. However, with the recent tragic outcome with Sasha Kraus, from The Nationwide Fellowship church in Farmington NM, I am compelled to actively share. If I had been in danger, I would have prayed that someone would search for me until I was found. I encourage you to share as well and create awareness. The more people who are aware, the more likely she will be found.

Pray for Linda, and pray for her family as this is very traumatic for them. Pray also for her church and friends, and the broader Amish community. She is the daughter of Lloyd and Susie Stoltzfoos, of Bird in Hand PA.

My prayer is that Linda will be found, safe and sound, and that God’s grace will carry her loved ones through this difficult time.

As always..

Love,

~ T ~

Gustavo (Tavi) Rendon Faces 33 Sex Assault Charges; Has Harold Herr Been Cleared of all Charges?

The Tavi Rendon case is another reminder of the horror that some children in conservative Anabaptist settings suffer, while those who know (or should know) remain silent. The words of the judge in the Jeriah Mast case, when I attended the sentencing, will echo in my memory for the rest of my life. In my own words, “Someone had to know and no one did anything to intervene.” He called out the church and its leaders for that failure. The same is true in this case. Someone, somewhere, sometime had to suspect that something was terribly, terribly wrong. And no one intervened.

Among the charges Mr. Rendon faces are allegations that he took the victims to another location for others to abuse them as well. There is no indication whether these other abusers were also in the Charity Fellowship Churches or any church, for that matter.  While it is sometimes easy to speculate, it is seldom beneficial. I am grateful the law is looking into this and taking the case seriously.

Law enforcement continue to ask anyone with information about Rendon to contact Pennsylvania state police at 717-290-1965.

To read the article visit: Lancaster County man to face 33 counts of sexual abuse, including of children: prosecutors

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Numerous people have written to ask if it is true that Harold Herr has been cleared of all charges by the committee looking into the allegations. To my knowledge this is not accurate.

First of all, no professionals have been hired to look into the allegations, so even if he is ‘cleared’, it does not mean he didn’t do it. It just means the group of Anabaptist men investigating did not get a confession and did not find evidence. That said, last I heard — and I contacted Allen Hoover directly — they had not reached any conclusion, though that was quite a few months ago. I have not heard otherwise. I do know that to date they have not met with Daniel Herr or the other alleged victim in USA, and I’m not certain they even know who the alleged victim is in Haiti. They have not contacted me for any information.

I continue to hold that the allegations are credible, and the evidence/testimony is a strong indication that the sexual abuse took place. However, I am also comfortable leaving that in the hands of Almighty God, who sees the past, present and future clearly. He loves truth and is Truth. He is just. He is merciful. He is compassionate. And He will not be duped one way or the other. I find peace in that.

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To those who have asked regarding my silence, thank you for messaging. It has been an interesting season. Between working on my final pre-comp-exam assignment — a study on female sex offending — and working as a TA for the university, taking care of my health, as well as my love for outdoors, I have been busy. Blogging had to take a back seat, temporarily.

I am currently going through some medical testing, looking for answers to some of the health issues I have developed in the past year or so. I will do an update at some point when I know more. For now, I am at peace and doctors are helping me manage symptoms while they look for root causes. They have almost certainly eliminated congestive heart failure — to which my symptoms pointed most strongly — and for that I am very grateful.

As always…

Love,
~ T ~

© Trudy Metzger 2020