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9-year-old Charlotte Sena found safe and healthy after going missing from New York park, state police say

Elizabeth Keogh, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — The 9-year-old girl who disappeared on a family camping trip in an upstate New York park has been found alive and a suspect is in custody, officials said Monday.

Charlotte Sena was believed to have been abducted about 40 miles north of Albany in Moreau Lake State Park on Saturday, according to state police.

During the investigation, law enforcement identified a suspect in the abduction of Charlotte from the “Loop A” trail in the park, state police said in a statement.

Officials searched multiple residences where the suspect was known to reside and found Charlotte just after 6:30 p.m. Monday, they added.

State police said Charlotte was found “safe and in good health.”

“We are overjoyed at the news that Charlotte Sena has been located safely this evening after an intense days-long search,” Gov. Hochul said in a Monday statement. “Our hearts are with her family as they welcome her home.”


State police sources told the Albany Times Union the suspect — who allegedly has history of criminal sexual abuse — left a possible ransom note at Charlotte’s parents’ home, which Hochul noted Sunday was just a 15 minute drive from where she went missing.

On Monday evening, police reportedly raided a house in Milton, N.Y., about 13 miles from Charlotte’s home.

It was not immediately clear if Charlotte was found at that house or another location the suspect frequented.

She’d gone for a bike ride alone after riding the loop in the park several times with close friends the girl considered cousins, officials said in a press conference over the weekend.


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