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HEUVELTON – Scores of New York State Police, U.S. Border Patrol agents and St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Deputies have set up checkpoints and were canvassing homes door-to-door in the Oswegatchie and Heuvelton area along State Highway 812 and the Mt. Alone Road late into the night, in hopes of finding two young Amish girls allegedly abducted from a roadside vegetable stand about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday.

More than 20 Amish residents were gathered outside the Miller farm on the Mt. Alone home where the two girls, six-year-old Delila Miller and her 12-year-old sister Fannie Miller lived.

At approximately midnight police were interviewing members of the Amish community inside the Miller home, a two-story, white farm house on the Mt. Alone Road, near the junction with SH 812.

Law enforcement officials had set up a command center at the Heuvelton Fire Department.

The two girls were allegedly abducted while waiting on a customer at a roadside stand, according to St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells. He said authorities are looking for a small, white four-door sedan.

An Amber Alert was issued for the two girls following the alleged abduction.

Delila is described as four feet tall, 50 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Distinguishing marks include a round scar on her forehead and missing front teeth.

Her sister Fannie is five feet tall, 90 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes. A distinguishing characteristic is being cross-eyed, according to police.

Both girls were wearing dark blue Amish-style dresses, bonnets and blue aprons.

Sheriff Wells said the girls were abducted while they were standing near a roadside stand. Police are searching for a small, white, four-door sedan.

Authorities said the parents of the girls last saw their daughters when they were waiting on customers. They said they reported turning around and then noticed the girls were gone.

St. Lawrence County Undersheriff Scott F. Bonno held a press conference at the Heuvelton Fire Station at approximately midnight, pointing out that three departments are working the abduction case and that investigators are still in the process of searching the location where the girls were last seen for clues.

He said some of the logical evidence investigators will look for is tire tracks or any other physical evidence.

He said authorities will also be searching the state and county’s registered sex the offender data base for possible suspects.

Mr. Bonno said that a witness said they may have seen someone throwing something into the back seat of a vehicle at approximately the same time as the girls went missing.

Anyone with information can call the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department at 315-379-2222 or 911.

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