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Posted: March 13, 2016

Police: 'Runaway' teen sisters found after 11 months were actually kidnapped

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            Police: 'Runaway' teen sisters found after 11 months were actually kidnapped
This photo provided by the New York State Police shows Amanda Hellman, 29, of Vestal, N.Y. State police say they found two teenage sisters on Wednesday, March 9, 2016,  in Vestal, near Binghamton. Investigators eventually tracked the girls down and arrested Hellman on kidnapping charges. 

By Briana Altergott

VESTAL, N.Y. —

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Two sisters who had been missing for almost a year were finally found Wednesday night, and a family acquaintance has reportedly been charged in their kidnapping.

New York State Police said in a statement Ky-Lea Fortner and Shaeleen Fitch-Fortner were discovered in the town of Vestal, about 15 miles away from where they were last seen last spring.

Police say they arrested 29-year-old Amanda Hellman, who they called a "family acquaintance," at the scene. She has been charged with second-degree kidnapping.

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The sisters were first reported as "teen runaways" in April, when Ky-Lea was 15 and Shaeleen was 13. Authorities say they were living with a foster family in Binghamton, and they were last seen waiting for a bus at their school.

During the 11-month-long investigation into their disappearance, police say they received many "investigative leads," which eventually pointed them to the girls' location.

Ky-Lea and Shaeleen have reportedly been turned over to family services. Hellman was arraigned and is being held in the Broome County Jail without bail.

This video includes a clip from the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin and images from the New York State Police.

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