General Missing People Thread Aug 16, 2014 6:10:47 GMT
Post by ThirdTerm on Aug 16, 2014 6:10:47 GMT
Stephen Howells II, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, of Hermon, N.Y. were arrested Friday after being interviewed by investigators in St. Lawrence County, near the Canadian border. The couple is charged with snatching two Amish sisters from their family's roadside food stand around 7 p.m. Wednesday before dropping them off 35 miles away around 8 p.m. Thursday.
An upstate couple was arrested and arraigned Friday on charges they planned to physically harm or sexually abuse two young Amish sisters they kidnapped from a roadside farm stand, authorities said. tephen Howells II, 39 and Nicole Vaisey, 25, of Hermon, N.Y. each face two counts of first-degree kidnapping for grabbing the girls in Oswegatchie, N.Y. just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain told the Daily News.
The girls were found around 8 p.m. Thursday after being dropped off in the hamlet of Richville, some 35 miles northwest of where they were abducted. “The girls are home, they were checked out at the hospital last night,” Rain said. “They are fine.” The St. Lawerence County Sheriff's Office said in a statement late Friday that the couple's arrest “no doubt saved young children from future abuse.”
The Amish girls, 12-year-old Fannie Miller and Delila Miller, 7, were “extremely” instrumental to finding the perps, Rain said. Authorities are now trying to learn more about where the girls were kept during the 24 hours they were missing. Rain spoke from the couple’s home at 1380 County Route 21 in Hermon, where investigators were searching the house.
The sisters vanished Wednesday evening after a witness said a small, white 4-door sedan drove up to the roadside stand in Oswegatchie and its passenger got out and threw “something in back,” state authorities said. Both girls were wearing dark blue dresses with blue aprons and black bonnets and had just returned from milking and were helping a customer at the stand, authorities said. An Amber Alert issued at 1 a.m. Thursday was canceled just before 10 p.m. that night.