Two missing Amish girls who were apparently abducted from their family’s roadside farm stand in northern New York were safely returned about 24 hours later when they were given a ride home. What happened during that 24-hour window hasn’t been revealed publicly.
Despite the good news, county Sheriff Kevin Wells told WWNY-TV, “We have the safe return of the two girls, but at the same time we have a lot of work to do. There’s still been a crime committed here, these girls were still taken away from their homes.”
The girls, Delila Miller, 7, and Fannie Miller, 12, were dropped off Thursday evening at a house in Richville, about 15 miles from the family farm in Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said. The girls showed up cold and wet but unharmed, when they knocked on the door and asked for help getting home, Rain said.
A neighbor who visited the Miller family after hearing about the girl’s safe return said she spoke with one of their brothers, who said they were well and being checked out as reported by Times Union.
No other details were immediately available about what happened to the girls during their abduction or if authorities had identified any suspects.
“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.”
Rain told investigators she believed more than one person was responsible for the girls’ disappearance and she was confident they would be arrested.
News of the girls’ safe return came shortly after about 200 people attended a candlelight prayer vigil at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in nearby Heuvelton. There they sang “Amazing Grace” and “This Little Light of Mine,” read psalms and called children to the alter for prayers.
Authorities initially said the sisters vanished at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after a light-colored vehicle pulled up to the farm stand and they went down to tend to the customers while the rest of their family was inside a barn for the evening milking. By Thursday night, however, police were looking for a red car.
Sheriff: ‘We Have a Lot of Work to Do’ After Missing Amish Girls Found