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The discovery of the remains of a missing Lancaster County Amish teenager rattled the midstate this week.

Based on the clothing found with the buried remains, Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams said she could comfortably say they belong to 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos, who went missing in June of 2020.

Still, an autopsy will deliver the final identity determination. And Fox43 news checked in with Harrisburg University Integrative Sciences Professor, Dr. Robert Furey, who also serves as Dauphin County Deputy Coroner, to learn how such an autopsy would help determine the identity of the deceased.

“You could get some marks from a bullet, you could get marks from a knife, you could get marks from compression, from thumps,” Furey said. “These are the things that they’re probably looking at, at this point.”

Justo Smoker, 35, has been charged with the murder of Stoltzfoos, whose remains were found buried near the accused’s former workplace.

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