Kidnapped Amish Girls Found 36 Miles From Home

Cops believe they were snatched from NY farm stand

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2014 12:46 AM CDT | Updated Aug 15, 2014 7:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Two Amish girls believed to have been abducted from their family's farm stand in northern New York state have been found alive a few dozen miles from where they were last seen. Delila Miller, 7, and her 12-year-old sister, Fannie, were dropped off in a town 36 miles from where they were abducted in Oswegatchie, near the Canadian border, and sought help at a stranger's house, reports ABC. The girls, who had been missing for about 24 hours, "seem to be healthy," but were "cold and wet," the district attorney says. They have been reunited with their family and have been interviewed by investigators.

The girls are among the youngest of the Miller family's 13 children, a neighbor tells the AP. They vanished Wednesday evening after a light-colored car pulled up at the stand and they went to meet it. The district attorney says investigators believe more than one person was involved in the abduction. The investigation was complicated because the family had no photographs of the girls and mostly speaks the German dialect known as "Pennsylvania Dutch," the county sheriff says, but the Amish community did its best to help the search.

New York State Police crime scene investigators search for clues at a roadside vegetable stand in Oswegatchie, NY yesterday.
New York State Police crime scene investigators search for clues at a roadside vegetable stand in Oswegatchie, NY yesterday.   (AP Photo/Watertown Daily Times, Melanie Kimber-Lago)
This sketch provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office via the Watertown Daily Times shows 12-year-old Fannie Miller.
This sketch provided by the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office via the Watertown Daily Times shows 12-year-old Fannie Miller.   (AP Photo/St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)
Officials search a roadside field in Oswegatchie, NY yesterday.
Officials search a roadside field in Oswegatchie, NY yesterday.   (AP Photo/Watertown Daily Times, Melanie Kimber-Lago)
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