Police say girls disappeared from roadside stand in Oswegatchie, NY., 190 km south of Ottawa
Aug 14, 2014
Searchers scoured a patch of far northern New York on Thursday for two Amish girls who were apparently abducted from their family’s roadside farm stand, a hunt hampered by the lack of photos of the girls for authorities to circulate among a frightened community.
The sisters, 7-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller, vanished around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after a white car pulled up to the farm stand near Oswegatchie, a community of about 4,000 people that’s 190 kilometres south of Ottawa and 240 kilometres northwest of the capital, Albany.
Both were wearing dark blue dresses with blue aprons and black bonnets.
The poster for the missing girls indicates Fannie Miller is cross-eyed, while Delila Miller has a round scar on her forehead and she is missing her front teeth. Both girls have brown hair and brown eyes.
Because the Amish tend to shun modern technology, police have no photographs of the girls.
He also noted that English isn’t the girls’ first language and that anyone who talks with them may notice a Pennsylvania Dutch dialect.
The vehicle has been described as a small, white, four-door sedan.
Girls could be in Canada
Divers plumbed the nearby St. Lawrence River to rule out the possibility the girls were in the water, Wells said at an afternoon news briefing.
Helicopters and search teams on foot tried to make sure they weren’t near the family home, and investigators were talking with nearby registered sex offenders.
“We will aggressively pursue this case as a worst-case scenario,” Wells said. Authorities are pursuing “numerous leads,” he said.
Ottawa police and Ontario Provincial Police said they have received the Amber Alert. An OPP spokesman said the girls could have been kidnapped and taken into Canada.
The girls are among the youngest of Mose and Barb Miller’s 13 children, who range in age from one to 21 years, neighbour Dot Simmons said.
The girls routinely took on the chore of selling the fruits, vegetables, jams and other products of the farm, Simmons said. On Wednesday, the entire family had gone to the barn as usual for evening milking.
But, Simmons said, “The girls were always on watch if someone stopped to buy vegetables.”
When the family noticed the girls hadn’t returned, they quickly checked the cornfield, she said, knowing it was unlikely they would have wandered off. That’s when police were notified, and an Amber Alert was sent out.