Search for two Amish sisters ends with safe return

Updated: 08/15/2014 5:18 PM
Created: 08/14/2014 10:12 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

While the search continues tonight for their kidnappers, two Amish girls are back home and safe tonight.

Police say the two Amish sisters were kidnapped from their roadside vegetable stand on Wednesday. It happened in the town of Oswegatchie, Saint Lawrence County. But late Thursday night, the sisters were returned home after they appeared in Richville, some 30 miles away.

The outstanding questions now are who took them and why?

“We're looking for the perpetrators of the crime.” But Saint Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells did not give specific details on who they are looking for.

According to reports, the sisters were dropped off at a home 30 miles away and told to stay there. News reports say they got free and went to a nearby home. That homeowner recognized the girls but instead of calling police, he took them back to their family.

At a news conference today the sheriff was asked about that. Sheriff Wells said, “The main goal was to do what? What were we all here for? We were all here to make sure we got the girls back.”

But then the sheriff was asked why the man didn't call 911 when he found the sisters. “The details of that are part of the investigation and it would be wrong of me to release those details.”

A child being kidnapped is one of the greatest fears for any parent. Especially a child taken by a stranger. But look at the reality in New York State.

Last year, there were 174 child abductions. One hundred and sixty-eight of those children were taken by a family member and only one was abducted by a stranger. The remaining five were taken by an acquaintance -- someone known to the family but not a relative. Those numbers show you should be concerned about the people you know, not the people you don't know.

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