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Arrest in missing NY cheerleaders

CORTLAND, N.Y., Oct. 8 -- The next-door neighbor of a teen who vanished from her home last week along with a friend has been arrested and charged with abducting the two cheerleaders, New York State Police announced Tuesday. Police also confirmed that human remains found in the area are believed to be the kidnap victims.

Major Arthur Hawker said John Andrews, 31, was arrested after leaving his factory job Monday night and has been ordered held without bail. Jennifer Bolduc and Sarah Hajney, both 16, were house-sitting Thursday night at Hajney's home in the Finger Lakes area. The girls' parents filed a missing persons report Friday evening after the pair failed to show up for classes at Dryden High School. 'We still haven't located the girls' bodies, but we've found human remains believed to be those of Sarah and Jen,' Hawker said. A car reported stolen from the Hajneys was found late Friday in a parking lot in nearby Cortland. Andrews fit the description of a man seen near the stolen Chevy Lumina and was picked up Monday night when he left work at Pall Trinity, a factory where he worked as a computerized lathe operator. He was charged with first-degree kidnapping and the case has been turned over to the Tompkins County district attorney for further investigation. 'He lived next door to the Hajneys for approximately one year,' Hawker said, adding, 'Apparently there was no interaction between him and Sarah prior to this.' Before he moved to the area, Andrews was in the U.S. Air Force. Investigators have requested his military record as part of their investigation. Police are also continuing their search in northern Chenango County for more evidence.

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