2 teens missing almost a year found, acquaintance charged

VESTAL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Authorities say they have found two teenage sisters who disappeared nearly a year ago 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.

Hellman, Amanda
Amanda Hellman (NYSP)

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

Hellman is jailed without bail. She was charged with Kidnapping in the Second Degree. It’s unclear if she has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

Both Ky-Lea and Shaeleen were turned over to Broome County Family Services.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact police at (607) 775-1241.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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