2 Amish sisters safe after apparent abduction

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 14, 2014 at 10:51 pm •  Published: August 14, 2014
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two missing Amish sisters turned up safe Thursday evening, about 24 hours after they were apparently abducted from their family's roadside farm stand in northern New York, authorities said.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said the girls were cold and wet but unharmed when they sought help at a home in Richville, about 13 miles from where they disappeared in the rural town of Oswegatchie.

She said 12-year-old Fannie Miller and 7-year-old Delila Miller were dropped off and knocked on the door, asking for help getting home. A neighbor who visited the Miller family after hearing word of the girls' return said she spoke with one of their brothers, who said they were well and being checked out.

There were no other details immediately available about what happened to the girls.

"We have the sheriff's department and the FBI speaking with the young ladies," Rain said, while noting that the Amish are a "very private people."

She said investigators believe more than one person was responsible for the girls' disappearance and she was confident they would be identified.

Oswegatchie is a farming community of about 4,000 people on the Canadian border about 150 miles north of Albany.

Word of the girls' return came shortly after about 200 people attended a candlelight prayer vigil at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in nearby Heuvelton.

They sang "Amazing Grace" and "This Little Light of Mine," read psalms and called children to the altar for a round of prayers.

Dot Simmons, a member of the congregation and neighbor of the Miller family, said despair turned to joy when she returned home from the vigil to word that the girls were safe.

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