(DailyDig.com) – Charlotte Sena, a 9-year-old girl, was discovered missing on September 30. She was at Moreau Lake State Park, a rural region about thirty-five miles north of Albany, New York. The FBI had joined the frantic hunt for the missing girl.
Sena embarked on a bike excursion with her best friends while on a camping holiday with her family. After riding their bikes together, she decided to go on another ride by herself. Around 6:15 p.m., she was seen for the final time on Loop A.
On Sunday, October 1, park administrators said that the area would be closed indefinitely while police investigated the disappearance of a young child.
The youngster was believed to have been taken, and authorities believed she faced a high risk of injury or death if she remained missing. Around 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, police were notified of her disappearance. Her bike was discovered; however, it’s unclear if her family or emergency personnel came upon it first.
What followed “was extraordinary,” Governor Kathy Hochul stated at a press conference on Monday night. Sena was found by law enforcement.
After a two-day search, which resulted in her recovery and the capture of a suspect, she was found to be healthy and unharmed.
The police kept an eye on Sena’s house while her family was at the campsite. At about 4:20 a.m. on Monday, they spotted someone placing a message in the mailbox. The message was fingerprinted by state police, and a match was made to a record for a DWI arrest of Craig Nelson Ross Jr. in 1999.
At about 6:30 in the evening, law enforcement authorities tracked Ross to an address that belonged to his mother, gained access, and located him in a camper. The man was apprehended after putting up some resistance, and the child was located hidden in a nearby cupboard.
She was transported to the emergency room and released after being found to be in no danger. She was then reunited with her grateful family.
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