UPDATE 3/13/16 – The authorities have continued to investigate this crime and have found out that the mother was also involved with the disappearance of Kylea and Shaeleen. After talking to the neighbors, the police found that Shaeleen and Kylea were seen outside the residence often. Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell said Cindy Fortner, the girl’s mother “had arranged the teens’ April 27, 2015, abduction and served as an accomplice to Vestal resident Amanda Hellman, 29, who was charged Thursday with second-degree kidnapping,” reports PressConnects.
UPDATE 3/10/16 – Amanda Hellman, 29, from Vestal, N.Y. was charged Thursday with second degree kidnapping in connection with missing Ky-Lea Fortner and Shaeleen Fortner. They were located after a tip was called into the police. According to the teens, Hellman held them against their will. Police said Hellman is “a family acquaintance of the victims.”
“During the course of the next 11 months, Hellman, who is not related to either child, conducted numerous acts to prevent law enforcement from returning the two children to their foster parents,” according to a copy of the complaint reported the Binghampton Press.
Original story: Ky-Lea Fortner, 15, and her sister, Shaeleen Fitch-Fortner, 13, have been missing since April 2015. They were last seen at a bus stop at the Susquehanna Valley School in the Town of Binghamton, NY on April 27, that is not far from the home they lived in with their foster parent on Stevens Rd.
Ky-Lea is 5’6″ tall with a thin build. She has medium red hair, blue eyes and a lip piercing. Shaeleen is 5’2″ tall with a thin build. She has short dark brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call New York State Police at 607-775-1241.
A post by Jackie VanGorden reads:
“this is a sad situation, their mother took off for a month around xmas, for her own selfish reasons, they were picked up by child protective services sent to a group home then a foster home, the younger one was a friend of my daughter and spent time at our house, hope they are found safe.”