What we know about the 9-year-old’s disappearance

Charlotte Sena, who went missing while camping with her family in upstate New York two days ago, has been found, police said.

“Charlotte has been found safe and in good health,” the New York State Police (NYSP) posted an update on Facebook shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday.

At the time of publication, there was no further information about how and where Sena was found.

Newsweek asked her aunt Jené Sena via Facebook for comment on Monday.

Sena, of Greenfield, New York, five miles north of Saratoga Springs, was camping with her family at nearby Moreau Lake State Park when she set out for a short solo bike ride around 6:15 p.m. Saturday and the “big girl” had not returned said Governor Kathy Hochul in a press conference on Sunday.

The girl’s family, along with nearby campers, began searching for her around 6:30 p.m., and Sena’s bike was discovered at 6:45 p.m., New York State Police (NYSP) Lt. Col. Richard L. Mazzone said in the press conference. Her mother called state police to report the 9-year-old missing two minutes after the bike was found, and police began searching around 7 p.m., he said.

When the state park’s “exhaustive search” couldn’t find Sena, An AMBER alert has been activated on Sunday, Mazzone said. “When we couldn’t find her here, it was entirely possible that a kidnapping had taken place.”

Charlotte Sena missing child
Charlotte Sena, the 9-year-old who disappeared while cycling with family at Moreau Lake State Park in upstate New York on Saturday, has been found safe and well, state police said Monday evening.
Courtesy of the Sena family

Just hours after she was found safe, NYSP Maj. Dennis J. Schager said he had announced details of the “extensive search” for the girl, which spanned more than 46 air miles and involved numerous local and Federal authorities, including the FBI, were involved.

The investigation has been classified as a missing child case, he said in the updated online post at 4 p.m. ET.

“About 400 certified search and rescue personnel are actively searching,” Schager said. “The searchers come from law enforcement, 34 volunteer fire departments and private search and rescue groups.”

Charlotte Sena Search for missing children
According to an update from New York State Police, hundreds of certified search and rescue personnel participated in the search for missing 9-year-old Charlotte Sena. She was found safe and healthy, the police said on Monday evening.
New York State Police

NYSP officials will pursue “all investigative avenues” to find Sena and seek assistance from local and federal law enforcement, Schager added.

Investigative teams included the state Department of Environmental Conservation; NYSP; State Park Police; the FBI; Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office; Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office; Schenectady Police Department; state Department of Corrections and Community Services; U.S. Marshals Service; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County spans more than 4,600 hectares of “hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges,” according to the Department of Environmental Protection. The park that is closed until further noticeis approximately 45 miles north of Albany. Police asked people to avoid the area and the Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction for the state park “to ensure the safety of our flight operations,” Schager said.

“Charlotte is a bright and adventurous girl who loves being outside,” Schager said. “Charlotte has a big heart and wants to start a club at her school for children who have no friends. She always puts others first.”

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Rick Schindler

Rick Schindler is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Rick Schindler joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: RickSchindler@worldtimetodays.com.

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