ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY, N.Y. -- It was a massive effort, authorities scouring Saint Lawrence County looking for any sign of two kidnapped Amish girls last week.
All that time, Pam and Jeff Stinson sat in their Richville home. But as everybody looked for the girls, the girls found the Stinsons. And in the knock of a door, the search was over.
"The girls [said] 'can you take us to 812?'," Jeff Stinson said.
"Do you know where 812 is? We want our mom and dad. We want to go home," Pam Stinson recalled the girls saying to them.
"Yes. Of course, we said we knew where that is, and they said 'can you take us home?' We said 'we sure can,'" Jeff Stinson said.
The Stinsons returned to that home Tuesday under much happier circumstances. In adherence with Amish beliefs, Time Warner Cable News did not film the reunion between the Stinsons and the girls family.
The Stinsons said the family seemed happy. The girls' father thanks everyone for their support, and again got to thank the Stinsons in person. But the couple said they simply did what needed to be done.
"We just brought the children back to their parents like they needed to be, as soon as possible," Pam Stinson said.
"If those are my children, that's what I hope somebody would do for us," Jeff Stinson said. "If they were our daughters, we have girls, somebody would have brought them back to us."
And out of an extreme situation a relationship blossomed. The Stinsons left the house with flowers, vegetables, and a new friendship.
"I thought they seemed very happy," Jeff Stinson said. Everybody communicated really well, and a lot of cheering and hustle."
"The girls were smiling, playing, happy to be back with their family," Pam Stinson said.
"Plenty of smiles. You can tell they're a great group, glad to be together again," Jeff Stinson sad.
Together again because of one couple that answered the door and a community's prayers.
The father of the two Amish sisters said its not difficult to forgive the suspects accused of taking his daughters. He said his daughters are slowly recovering and things are getting back to normal.
The girls' father was both surprised and relieved when he saw his daughters more than 24 hours after they disappeared. He thanked the community for its support, and believes that support made a safe return possible.
ON DESKTOP: Full Interview with Pam and Jeff Stinson
The couple talks about their visit with the Amish girls' family on Tuesday. They also explained what happened the night they found the two girls, the ride home with them and the reaction from the family and police when they brought the girls home.
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