Missing Amish girls found safe; Amber Alert canceled
Two Amish girls who were reportedly abducted outside their St. Lawrence County home were found alive and safe Thursday night.
Watertown-based WWNY-TV, citing a law enforcement source, reported on its website that Fannie Miller, 12, and Delila Miller, 6, both of Heuvelton, were kidnapped by two men who took them to a home in Richville and left them there around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, telling them not to leave.
Instead the girls fled and went looking for help. They were reportedly found by a man who the TV station identified as Jeff Stinson. He returned the girls to their home where they were reunited with their parents.
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain told the Watertown Daily Times that the girls were cold and wet, but had not sought medical treatment. Rain said the girls were meeting with investigators from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The suspects in the reported kidnapping remain at large.
Authorities have canceled an Amber Alert that was issued for the missing girls on Wednesday. They were apparently abducted while attending to a customer at the family’s roadside produce stand on Mount Alone Road around 7:20 p.m. Police had been searching for a small white, four-door car.
The girls returned home just as a large crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil at a church in their hometown.