Police in New York have found two teenage sisters who went missing nearly a year ago, according to authorities. A family acquaintance faces kidnapping charges in the case.
State police discovered Ky-Lea Fortner and Shaeleen Fitch-Fortner on Wednesday night in Vestal, about 15 miles from where they were last seen.
Authorities arrested 29-year-old Amanda Hellman, who was arraigned and is being held in the Broome County Jail without bail.
Ky-Lea and Shaeleen were 15 and 13 years old, respectively, when they were reported as runaways last year. An 11-month investigation led police to a residence in Vestal.
"For all of us, I think 11 months goes by and you think you are never going to see them again or you think the worst, but police didn't give up," said Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell, according to CBS. "State Police knew that they were going to keep working the case and keep working leads and talking to people and they didn't give up."
The sisters were turned over to Broome County Family Services, NBC reports.
The investigation is considered ongoing.