After an intense two-day search, a missing 9-year-old girl who disappeared over the weekend while on a camping trip with her family in upstate New York was found safe late Monday evening, and a suspect was in custody, according to New York State Police.
The girl, Charlotte Sena, went missing during an early evening bike ride on Saturday inMoreau Lake State Park, about 45 miles north of Albany. Soon after her disappearance, Charlotte’s bike was found, leading authorities to believe that she had been abducted, a scenario that the state’s governor, Kathy Hochul, called “every parent’s nightmare.”
Indeed, Charlotte’s disappearance has riveted and terrified parents nationwide, even as experts cautioned that such kidnappings are rare. The circumstances of Charlotte’s abduction had echoes of the 1996 kidnapping and murder of Amber Hagerman, another nine-year-old girl who was snatched by a man while riding her bike in the Dallas area.