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Amber Alert issued for missing Amish sisters in NY

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Sketch of Fannie Miller from St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Dept. Sketch of Fannie Miller from St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Dept.
OSWEGATCHIE, N.Y. - An Amber Alert has been issued in New York for two sisters who police believe were abducted from their family's roadside stand.

Officials say the two Amish girls went missing around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday from their family's property in the rural town of Oswegatchie, on the far side of the Adirondack Park.

Police say 7-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller went to wait on a customer at the family's roadside stand. A witness saw a passenger in a white, four-door sedan put something into the back seat. And when the car drove off, the children were gone.

Authorities say they've received "numerous leads" in the case, but don't have solid information.

"There's no indication to take us any certain direction at this point. And we're following all leads. We're making sure that we overturn every stone that we're aware of and we're moving from there," St. Lawrence County Undersheriff Scott Bonno said.

The case is complicated by the fact that the girls are Amish and the family has no photos of them. Police released a sketch of Fannie Miller. Both girls have brown hair and brown eyes. They were last seen wearing dark blue dresses with blue aprons and black bonnets.

"If it was an abduction, they might not be dressed in Amish clothes any more and their waist-length hair could be cut," St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said. "Just pay attention, especially if you end up seeing a 6- and 12-year-old speaking what would be odd to you in a Pennsylvania Dutch dialect."

The Amber Alert search area extends across Northern New York and into Vermont. Wells says deputies, state troopers, forest rangers and U.S. Border Patrol agents are part of the ongoing search.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Department at 315-379-2222 or call 911.

A prayer vigil for the girls is planned for Thursday evening at the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church.
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