Day after Amish girls return home, cops looking for multiple suspects

Published 08/15 2014 12:12PM

Updated 08/16 2014 11:52AM

Richville (WSYR-TV) – The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office says it is looking for more than one suspect in its investigation into the possible abduction of two Amish girls from a farm stand in the town of Oswegatchie Wednesday night.

Sheriff Kevin Wells says they are still following multiple leads in their efforts to find suspects and that their investigation is still very active.

Before 5 p.m., a significant presence of law enforcement officers had arrived in the village of Hermon, where they blocked off County Route 21 and Marshville Road.

The girls were returned to their home Thursday night after being dropped off at a home in the town of Richville.

After conflicting reports from law enforcement offices in the county, the Sheriff said they aren’t ruling out any vehicles that may have been involved in the investigation.

The Sheriff's Office says the search now mostly contained to the county. They are asking residents to be vigilant and watchful.

Wells stressed that investigators still need the public's help.

Earliest reports indicated that they were looking for a white car connected to the girls' disappearance. Later, the District Attorney's office said they were looking for a red car.

The Sheriff said other agencies are still involved in the investigation, but he didn’t describe the operation as a “task force” the day after the girls were returned home.

The Sheriff said the girls “are in good health and have been helpful.”

An Amber Alert was sent out Wednesday night after the girls were reported missing.

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