Authorities searched on Thursday for two Amish girls apparently abducted from a roadside farm stand in upstate New York. But they lacked an essential lead: their photographs.
An Amber Alert was issued late Wednesday in Oswegatchie for Delila Miller, 6, and her sister, Fannie, 12. They had been selling vegetables near their family farm, located about 50 miles southeast of the Canadian border.
A witnesses told police they were tending to a customer who drove up in a white 4-door sedan and disappeared when the vehicle pulled away, according to the Amber Alert.
St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said at a news conference that multiple agencies were investigating leads called in by the public. He urged anyone with information to contact authorities.
Pictures of the girls were not available because members of the Amish community forbid photos of themselves, which they see as a violation of their religious beliefs.
"I wouldn't say it's hindering the investigation, it's just that it would be helpful" to have photos, Wells said. "In the Amish world, photos aren't going to be available."
The girls were last seen in dark blue dresses with blue aprons and black bonnets.
But Wells warned the public that they may not be dressed in Amish clothes anymore and that their waist-length hair could have been cut. They have Pennsylvania-Dutch accents.
"The Amish community is always cooperative with us and forthcoming," Wells said.