By CRAIG FREILICH
Divers from the St. Lawrence County Dive Team were called out Thursday morning to look for two missing Amish girls who were apparently abducted from their farm stand near Heuvelton Wednesday evening.
The dive team is to enter parts of the Oswegatchie River along State Rt. 812, according to county Dive Master Mark Smutz.
They have not been told there is any evidence the girls are in the water, “but we are just eliminating the possibility,” Smutz said from the scene.
Authorities investigating the abduction said it occurred on the Miller family farm on Alone Road near State Hwy. 812 in the Town of Oswegatchie at about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday. An Amber Alert said the two girls went to a roadside stand to wait on a customer in a small white 4-door sedan when they were taken.
A witness reportedly saw a passenger from the vehicle throw something in back then get in back seat, and when the vehicle left the scene the girls were gone.
The two girls are white females, both dressed in dark blue dresses with blue aprons and black bonnet.
Fannie Miller is 12 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. She is about 5 feet tall and weighs about 90 pounds. She is said to be cross-eyed.
Delila Miller is 6 years old with brown hair and brown eyes. She is about 4 feet tall and weighs about 50 pounds. She has a round scar on her forehead and is missing front teeth.
Multiple police agencies are operating out of a command post set up at the Heuvelton Fire Department on State Street.
New York State Police aviation and K9 units are participating.
The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, the lead agency, is getting help from troopers, U.S. Border Patrol, police departments in Ogdensburg, Potsdam, Gouverneur, and Canton, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, state parole officers and the U.S. Customs Service.
Anyone with any information on this abduction or who was traveling on State Rt. 812 or Alone Road at about 7 p.m. Wednesday who might have seen anything of concern is asked to contact the county Sheriff’s Office at 379-2222 or (866)N Y S-AMBER, or dial 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.