WAS BUSY TODAY!
What a day! Justo Smoker was charged with the six month old murder of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos whose body has never been found and the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department determined that a horrific stabbing in September was self-inflicted by the victim (shades of Jonathan Luna?).
The below is a portion of the updated police release by the NLCRPD (the entire original release is here):
The NLCRPD has concluded the investigation into this incident after interviews with over a dozen associated persons, collection of over 53 items of evidence, execution of numerous search warrants for a seized vehicle, electronic evidence and medical records, and toxicology reports. The scene of this incident was subject to capture by NLCRPD body worn camera (BWC) images of the initial sweep of the home, blood spatter and trailing to the basement of the home where the male was found semi-nude in a sitting position covered with blood. The victim a male age 36, was struggling to speak and found sitting in a darkened room at the bottom of a stairway. The home contained assorted drug paraphernalia including small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine. Investigation and interviews determined that following a period of illicit drug ingestion, the victim felt he inflicted the injuries upon himself.
This posture adopted by the victim was consistent with the information known to the investigators. This included the home being secure upon arrival of the initial responding officers, the existing forensic , the outcomes of the interviews and other processes associated with the investigation. In addition, other information not subject to disclosure by statutory requirements as non-public information supports this theory of the mechanics of the injuries and forms a secondary basis for the conclusions arrived at by investigators.
The NLCRPD the investigation is now concluded with a reasonable degree of certainty with the finding extensive injuries were self-inflicted by the victim within his own course of conduct.
There will be more tomorrow.
The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department (NLCRPD) has updated their press release on the man found on Route 501 (click here). I will follow-up with them today with a second email requesting an update on the horrific September 9th stabbing.
I will also follow-up on my email to the PA Attorney General’s Office for an update on their investigation into the stolen $150,000 from the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force.
Please check back later today.