Missing Amish sisters found safe in New York State

Investigators said Amish sisters were driven to a house about 30 miles from their family's roadside stand and told to stay there.
By Frances Burns   |   Aug. 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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CANTON, N.Y., Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Two Amish sisters were found safe a day after they were apparently abducted from their family's roadside stand in a New York town near the Canadian border.

Investigators said two men drove Fannie Miller, 12, and her sister, Delila, 6, to a house about 30 miles away near Richville, N.Y. The men told the girls to stay at the house and left.

The sisters walked to a nearby house, where they got help and the police were notified, officials told WWNY-TV.

Fannie and Delila disappeared Wednesday at about 7:30 p.m. from the family stand in Oswegatchie, N.Y., on the St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence County sheriff issued an Amber Alert early Thursday and authorities began a massive search.

The search was complicated by the family's religious beliefs. The Amish, a traditionalist Protestant group founded in the late 17th century, avoid modern technology, including photography.

A police sketch artist created a portrait of Fannnie based on conversations with her family.

District Attorney Mary Rain said the girls were "cold and wet" but otherwise unharmed when they turned up.

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