The frantic search efforts have ended for the two Amish girls who were abducted on Wednesday in upstate New York. According to a Thursday report on WWNYTV.com, Fannie and Delila Miller were reunited with their parents, safe and sound. They escaped from a house in Bigelow where they had been taken by their abductors, arriving home after being found by a man identified as Jeff Stinson. He said that they were cold and wet when they arrived at his door, but otherwise ok.
Since the Amber Alert was issued on Wednesday, a large-scale search effort has been ongoing. The girls, ages 6 and 12, had been working at their parents' roadside market at the edge of their property when they were abducted. A witness saw them helping a customer in a white 4-door sedan before they disappeared. While the white car was the subject of the previous search efforts, the vehicle being focused upon by Thursday was a red Dodge Caliber. A search is currently ongoing for the men responsible for the abduction.
It is very fortunate that the two Miller girls had the courage and confidence to flee the house where they were and go to the nearest house for help. They fled after the men left and told them to stay there. It is not known if the men purposely allowed them to escape when they realized that the manhunt was growing so quickly that they had no chance to get the girls out of the area without being caught. More details will come out after the police have time to interview the girls.
Oddly, according to ABC News, a drawing of the older girl had been released to the public earlier this evening before the two were found. The family did not choose to release a drawing of the younger girl. There were no photographs available because the Amish people do not utilize technology, and they are opposed to making “graven images” of people. You may have seen the little Amish dolls with no faces.
These child abduction scenarios do not often turn out like this. It is very encouraging to see this happy ending to the story. The news broke that the girls had been found right as the community had gathered in a prayer vigil for the girls to be safely returned.