2 teens missing almost a year found, acquaintance charged

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. (New York State Police via AP)

VESTAL, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say they have found two teenage sisters who disappeared last year in upstate New York.

State police say they found 15-year-old Ky-Lea Fortner and 13-year-old Shaeleen Fitch-Fortner Wednesday night in Vestal, near Binghamton. Troopers say the sisters were living with a foster family in Binghamton when they were reported as runaways in April 2015.

Investigators eventually tracked the girls down and arrested 29-year-old Amanda Hellman on kidnapping charges. Troopers say Hellman is a family acquaintance of the teens, but didn’t elaborate.

Hellman is jailed without bail. It’s unclear if she has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

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