Report: Couple accused of kidnapping Amish girls used a puppy to lure them

Created: 08/19/2014 5:31 PM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

There is new information in the kidnapping case of two young Amish girls. A relative is speaking out and describes how the girls were lured to the pair accused of snatching them and authorities now say there were other victims.

These two suspected kidnappers, Stephen Howells and Nicole Vaisey, used a puppy to get to the girls according a report in the Watertown Daily Times. It quotes Fannie Miller, an aunt of the girls, saying the seven year old went into the vehicle to pet the puppy and the kidnappers pushed the 12 year old in. Miller says she, “Tried to run away, but she couldn't get away."

The girls disappeared from their family fruit stand in Oswegatchie on Wednesday of last week. Police arrested 39-year-old Howells and 25-year-old Vaisey and charged them with kidnapping. Authorities say the girls were sexually abused.

According to media reports, the St. Lawrence County District Attorney says there are at least three other victims but no other details were provided.

After searching Howell's home in Harmon, New York, investigators took computer hard drives and recording equipment as evidence. The report says Howells was building a sound proof room in the home

The girls were found 24 hours after they disappeared by a couple who found them on their doorstep. In the article, the aunt says of the older girl, “She looked like a child who had been through something."

The District Attorney says Stephen Howells waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday. Vaisey is still scheduled to be in Fowler Town Court Thursday afternoon.

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