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Kidnapped Amish sisters recovered, suspects arrested

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St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells talks about the recovery of two Amish sisters. (Source: WTVH/FOX) St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells talks about the recovery of two Amish sisters. (Source: WTVH/FOX)

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, NY (WTVH/FOX) - Police have two suspects in custody for allegedly kidnapping two Amish girls in upstate New York on Wednesday.

Stephen Howells, 39, and Nicole Vaisey, 25, were arrested late Friday night and are being held without bail until their preliminary hearing next week.

Officials allege the two worked together to kidnap 12-year-old Fannie Miller and her younger sister, 6-year-old Delila Miller from a family roadside stand earlier this week.

In a surprising turn of events, both girls were released from captivity and found Thursday night.

Officials said the girls were then able to help police locate their kidnappers.

"The fact that the girls were strong, they were able to verbalize to the investigators some different facts about their time in captivity, and with those details were instrumental in making the arrest," said St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells. "They were dropped off by their captors then went to a door, and a person took them to their residence."

Court document filed Friday accuse the couple of intending to hurt and violate the girls, but police have not said if the girls were injured while in captivity.

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