A couple has been charged with the kidnapping of two Amish girls who went missing Wednesday night from their farm in Upstate New York.
Fannie and Delila Miller, ages 12 and 6, reappeared after 24 hours missing when they knocked on a stranger’s doorstep 36 miles from their home in Oswegatchie, New York. They have since been reunited with their family.
On Friday, local authorities announced the arrests of Stephen Howells II, 39, and 25-year-old Nicole Vaisey. According to the suspects’ Facebook accounts, they appear to be a couple.
They have now been charged with intending to sexually abuse or physical harm the girls and two counts of first-degree kidnapping.
They have been jailed without bond.
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain said:
‘The suspects agreed to go to the sheriff’s office to be interviewed earlier today and they were arrested after those interviews,’ Rain said.
Police haven’t released more information about the couple, other than to say they were arrested at their home in Herman, NY – 20 miles from where the Miller girls were found in Richville, New York.
A neighbor described them as boyfriend and girlfriend to 7News and said three other children lived in the house.
On his Facebook page, Howells appears to be a father to three children. It’s uncertain whether his girlfriend, Vaisey, is the mother.
Two cars were parked on the property, one red and one white, which appear to match descriptions of the vehicles used in the kidnapping.
The couple could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.