Charlotte Sena Found Alive After Two-Day Disappearance
Nine-year-old Charlotte Sena, who went missing while cycling in Moreau State Park, upstate New York, has been found alive, bringing relief to her family and the community.
The young girl had vanished while riding her bike, sparking a massive search operation.
Suspect in Custody with a Criminal History
A suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the case. Multiple law enforcement sources have revealed that the arrested individual has a history of sexual abuse-related criminal charges.
Additionally, it is alleged that the suspect left a note at Charlotte Sena’s parents’ house.
Investigation Focused on Abduction
The investigation has centered on the belief that Charlotte was forcibly taken into a vehicle against her will or dragged into the woods. New York State Police had previously expressed confidence that she was abducted from Moreau Lake State Park.
She was last seen wearing a tie-dye Pokemon shirt, dark blue pants, black crocs, and a gray bike helmet on the evening of her disappearance.
Swift Resolution to the Case
Shortly after 7 pm, authorities announced that Charlotte had been found safe and in good health. However, it remains unclear what role the suspect in custody played in her disappearance.
Police Raid and Arrest
Prior to announcing the arrest, police conducted a raid on a house in Milton, New York. This property is approximately 13 miles south of Charlotte Sena’s family home.
The arrest came as a significant development in the case that had gripped the local community.
Comprehensive Search Efforts
The search for Charlotte Sena involved a multi-agency effort that spanned 46 miles and included 400 search personnel from various federal, state, and local agencies. The exhaustive search was conducted over the course of two days.
Timeline of Disappearance
Charlotte had been cycling alone on Loop A of Moreau Lake State Park near Saratoga Springs when she vanished at approximately 6:15 pm on a Saturday.
She had been playing with friends earlier in the day but decided to take one last solo ride before sunset. Her parents grew worried when she did not return by 6:30 pm and discovered her bike on the loop by 6:47 pm, prompting them to call 911.
Amber Alert and Intensive Search
An Amber Alert was issued for Charlotte after park rangers scoured the 6,250-acre park but found no sign of her. The park includes 158 camping sites, and Loop A is situated in the southwest corner, directly adjacent to US Highway 9.
Relief and Gratitude
New York Governor Hochul expressed relief at the news of Charlotte’s safe recovery and extended her gratitude to the law enforcement agencies, including the New York State Police and New York Park Police, as well as all those who had tirelessly worked to locate Charlotte.
The community celebrated her safe return, and her family welcomed her home with open arms.