Charlotte Sena: Missing 9-year-old child found, New York police say suspect in custody



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[Breaking news update, published at 7:05 p.m. ET]

A 9-year-old girl who went missing while on a camping trip in upstate New York has been found safe and a suspect is in custody, police said.

“Charlotte Cena has been located and is in good health,” New York State Police said in a news release Monday. “One suspect is in custody. It is still under active investigation.

[Original story, published at 5:20 p.m. ET]

The family of Charlotte Sena, Authorities in upstate New York are asking for the public’s help as they search for a 9-year-old boy who went missing Saturday evening and is feared to have been abducted.

Charlotte, who was camping with her family at Moreau Lake State Park, did not return from a dinnertime bike ride with close friends, authorities said.

Police believe one step could put Charlotte in “immediate danger.” Amber Alert Released on Sunday morning.

“Following our exhaustive search in the park, we took the step of issuing an Amber Alert because in that exhaustive search, when we couldn’t find her here, there was a possibility of an abduction,” said Lt. Col. Richard Mazzone of the State Police Uniformed Squad.

When she went missing, Charlotte was wearing an orange tie-dyed Pokemon shirt, dark blue pants, black Crocs and a gray bike helmet, according to a description provided by state police.

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Various agencies are involved in the search for a 9-year-old girl who went missing on Saturday.

The number of people looking for Charlotte has risen to 400, state police said. They come from 34 volunteer fire departments and private groups, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement.

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Officials said the search area has expanded to more than 46 linear miles.

“This is an important time. Statistics show that in potential kidnappings, the first 24 to 48 hours are critical,” CNN Chief Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analyst John Miller said on CNN this morning.

Charlotte’s family are now asking the public for information that could help bring her home.

“Any help matters,” said Jeni Sena, Charlotte’s aunt CNN affiliate WCBS. “She is a blonde, adorable 9-year-old girl. She is green eyed, under 5 feet tall and a sweet, adorable girl.

Charlotte was last seen riding her bike around 6:15 p.m. Saturday in a loop in the park. He had done a few loops with friends and wanted to do one by himself, New York Gov. Cathy Hochul told a news conference. Her mother reported her missing around 6:45 p.m., after Charlotte’s bike was found at the rink without her, Mazzone said.

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Charlotte Sena was riding her bike in a state park when she disappeared.

“Once they found her bike during that search, they realized she wasn’t on it, she wasn’t very far, she wasn’t lost. Something is really wrong,” Miller said.

“Like any parent we want her safe return. No tip is too small, if you know anything please call,” a statement from Charlotte’s family said. Given to NBC News and other outlets.

The Very popular The state park, about 45 miles north of Albany, covers more than 6,200 acres and is “set among hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges.” Department of Environmental Protection.

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“Helicopters, thermal imaging, license plate readers, video — they’re using every resource you can think of that’s available in that park,” Miller said. “They have some technology in that area, but it’s not like what happened in Albany or New York City.”

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Charlotte Sena went for a bike ride with her friends around dinner time on Saturday evening and did not return, police said.

“In our quest to find Charlotte we have left no stone, branch, table, or cabin untouched, untouched, or unexplored,” Hochul said. “If you know anything, if you’ve seen anything, if you hear anything, please contact 911 to tell us what you know.”

Morrow Lake State Park said in a Facebook registration It is closed until further notice.

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