On Monday, search efforts for a 9-year-old girl who disappeared during a camping trip over the weekend were resumed by law enforcement, forest rangers, and other search teams in an upstate New York park.
According to the state police, Charlotte Sena may have been kidnapped while riding her bicycle Saturday night in Moreau Lake State Park, about 35 miles (60 kilometers) north of Albany.
Charlotte’s relatives begged the public for assistance in locating her, including passing along any clues to the state police. As any parent would, the family added in a statement, “We just want her back safely.”
“No tip is too small; if you know anything at all, please call.” Using drones, bloodhounds, and an airboat, more than 100 searchers, including police, rangers, and regular citizens, combed the park on Sunday.
Due to the search, the park remained closed on Monday, and authorities encouraged any members of the public who stepped up in an effort to assist to leave the area and leave it to the experts.
A group of kids were riding bikes around a circle in the picturesque park when Charlotte, a fourth-grader from nearby Greenfield, made the decision to go around by herself.
At a press briefing on Sunday, Governor Kathy Hochul revealed that her parents were concerned when she didn’t show up after 15 minutes.
Around 6:45 p.m., the girl’s mother discovered her bicycle and immediately dialed 911. Saturday.
Following a thorough investigation, authorities issued an Amber Alert on Sunday morning because “it was quite possible that an abduction had taken place,” according to state police Lt. Colonel Richard Mazzone. She was described as a white girl, around 4 feet 6 inches (1.37 meters) tall, with blonde hair and green eyes.
She was last spotted sporting a grey bike helmet, dark blue leggings, black Crocs, and an orange tie-dye Pokemon shirt. For any students or employees that needed assistance, the Corinth Central School District claimed to have extra counselors at Charlotte’s elementary school.
The district issued a statement in which it expressed its sympathy to the Sena family.