Dozens of law enforcement officers, including U.S. Border Patrol
agents and New York State Park Police, and volunteer firefighters
manned road-checks and canvassed motorists after the girls vanished
at 7:20 p.m Wednesday from their vegetable stand off Mount Alone
Road in Oswegatchie, about 10 miles (16 km) from the Canada border,
Sheriff's Deputy Shawn Wells said.
An Amber Alert was issued for the girls, who wore bonnets and aprons
over dark blue dresses as their religion requires. They live in the
rural area's Amish community and were identified as Fannie Miller,
12, and Delila Miller, 6.
Witnesses who flooded a police line with tips identified a white
four-door sedan as a suspicious vehicle, a spokesman for the
sheriff's department said.
"We've had a lot of reports of suspicious white vehicles but so far
nothing has panned out," Deputy Wells said.
The Amish, who live throughout the United States, with the nation's
largest community in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, are known for
their old world ways. Shunning electricity and other modern
conveniences, they drive horse-drawn buggies.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg; editing by Gunna Dickson)
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