Girls Found, But Still 'A Lot Of Work To Do,' Sheriff Says


The safe return of two Amish sisters is being hailed as "nothing short of a miracle" by hundreds of police, fire and emergency workers.

Twelve year old Fannie Miller and her 6 year old sister Delila were dropped off in the hamlet of Bigelow Thursday night -- miles away from where they were abducted 24 hours before.

"The children seem to be healthy, a little wet and cold, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said.

Rain said the girls were dropped off in a residential area. The children walked up to a home and "knocked on the door of a stranger." Bigelow is near the village of Richville in the town of Dekalb.

The person took the children to their home, where "police were waiting," Rain said.

The girls were questioned by police and checked over at a local hospital.

With the girls safely returned to their family, Sheriff Kevin Wells says there is still work to be done to locate their abductors, who are now believed to be driving a red Dodge Caliber.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Wells said. "There's still been a crime committed here, these girls were still taken away from their home.

"The detective sergeants and FBI and everybody else are still working very hard," he said.

The girls' safe return came just an hour after a candlelight vigil was held at the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church.

"When I was up talking to the father, one of the main points he was making was that it was in God's hands," state Sen. Patty Ritchie said. "Here, we went to a candlelight vigil and we prayed for the family and shortly after, we came up here and got good news.

Meanwhile, the sheriff says he is confident police will find the suspects, but declined to talk about possible motives.

Sunday, December 11, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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