Cops: Amish girls kidnapped by more than 1 person

ALBANY, N.Y. – Residents of a peaceful rural community are reluctant to let their children play outdoors unattended and some took down their farm stands after two young Amish sisters were kidnapped from their family’s roadside stand, officials said Friday.

The sisters were kidnapped from their family farm stand and police are seeking more than one person responsible, St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said Friday. The two are now safe at home, and Wells said they provided information that is helping investigators.

Authorities weren’t releasing any details about what happened to the girls during their daylong disappearance. They said they don’t want to compromise a potential prosecution. Descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle are also being withheld.

Seven-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller vanished Wednesday evening after a car pulled up to the roadside stand in Oswegatchie, a farming community near the Canadian border. They turned up unharmed Thursday evening at a house in Richville, about 15 miles away.

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain also declined to discuss details Friday, but said, “We’re hopeful there will be an arrest sooner rather than later.”

The episode has left a sense of vulnerability in a community where residents said even small children often walk unaccompanied to school.