Details of Disappearance
Linda and her young daughter,
Lori, lived in Bel Air, Maryland in 1969. They were staying with relatives there while Linda's husband and Lori's father, Gerald Peugeot, was overseas serving in the United States Navy. Linda and Lori were last seen shopping at the now-defunct Kings Department Store in LaVale, Maryland on September 22, 1969, the day before Lori's birthday. The have never been heard from again. Stanley Barton Hoss Jr. abducted them in the parking lot of the store as they were leaving. A photograph of Hoss is posted below this case summary. He accosted the Peugeots as they were about to drive away in their late-model Pontiac GTO, threatened them with a gun, and demanded they drive him to Canada.
Hoss checked into a Franklin, Pennsylvania motel later that same day. He had Lori with him and asked for a crib for her, but the motel owner didn't see Linda. Later Hoss and Lori were seen together in Tiffin, Ohio on September 23 and in Fairberry, Illinois on September 24, but there were no sightings of Linda, and Lori wasn't sighted after September 24.
Hoss was arrested in Iowa two weeks later, alone. He had Linda's car with him; her purse was inside and Lori's car seat was in the back. Hoss later confessed to authorities that Linda agreed to take him to Canada, but in Pennsylvania she became concerned for Lori's safety, pulled to the side of the road and refused to drive anymore. Hoss stated he shot Linda to death, put her body in the trunk of her vehicle, and several days later murdered her daughter as well. At the time he abducted the Peugeots, Hoss had already escaped from prison where he was serving 10 to 20 years for rape, killed a police officer and kidnapped and released two other people. He was sentenced to life in prison for the officer's murder, but he was never tried for the presumed murders of Linda and Lori, because the courts determined that his constitutional right to a speedy trial in that case had been violated.
In prison in 1978, Hoss committed suicide. Linda and Lori's bodies have never been located. Linda worked as a witress at Warner's restaurant at the time of her disappearance.
Above: Stanley Barton Hoss Jr.