HEUVELTON — St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells today called the investigation into the abduction of two Amish girls “very active,” but he provided few new details about the case.
“It would impede the investigation if I released any of the details,” Mr. Wells said at a press conference this afternoon. “As everybody knows, there was a recovery of the girls last night. We have a very active investigation of who the perpetrators were.”
Mr. Wells declined to provide information on the direction law enforcement is taking.
“The family’s been helpful and the girls have been helpful,” he said.
Mr. Wells said police have not ruled out any type of vehicle used in the abduction of sisters Fannie Miller, 12, and Delila Miller, 6. The girls were dropped off by a vehicle at a house in the hamlet of Bigelow on Thursday night and walked to a nearby residence to ask to be reunited with their family, near Heuvelton.
The girls were cold and wet but appeared to be “healthy,” according to St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary E. Rain.
Sheriff Wells asked the public to call (315) 379-2222 if they had any information that might be helpful in the case.
“That’s just that many more sets of eyes,” he said. “We all should be aware of who our neighbors are.”
He asked the public to report any activities they had seen that seemed strange, such as a neighbor being more reclusive over the past few days, or if something did not seem right.
While the investigation is focusing on the county, Mr. Wells said police also are looking at leads outside the county also.
Mr. Wells said Bigelow, near Richville, might seem a long way from Heuvelton in a more urban setting, but not in St. Lawrence County, which is 2,800 square miles.