While camping at Moreau Lake State Park in New York, a 9-year-old girl went missing on a bike ride. Her family searched the area for 18 hours before authorities issued an Amber Alert.
In a press conference on Sunday, Governor Kathy Hochul stated that Charlotte Sena, of Greenfield, New York, was having a great time with her family on Saturday night when she made the decision to go around their picnic area one last time by herself.
Sena, a local firefighter’s niece, rode her bike on Loop A at around 6:15 p.m. to show that she was “one of the big kids,” but she never returned.
According to Hochul, the girl’s family was devastated by her abrupt abduction.
The family’s goal in being here was to create enduring memories. Instead, Hochul added, it became the dread of every parent.
Sena’s family, friends, and other campers went searching for her after she did not return within fifteen minutes, and at approximately 6:47 p.m., the police were called to the location.
A 100-person search team made up of state troopers, special ops, forest rangers, park police, and civilian volunteers gathered at the location after the 9-year-old’s bike was discovered on Loop A.
Lt. Col. Richard Mazzone of the NY State Police stated that his team had searched the park for eighteen hours straight since Sena vanished, and they were of the opinion that the youngster was no longer there.
Police worried that Sena might have been kidnapped when she was alone, so as of 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, they released an Amber Alert.
In addition to releasing the alert, Mazzone stated that authorities would keep looking for Sena in the region and that an underwater search team will be sent in to examine the neighbouring waterways.
“We are still dedicating all of our resources to locate Charlotte and safely return her home,” Mazzone declared.
A Caucasian child with blond hair, Sena measured five feet one inch and weighed ninety pounds. Her last sighting included her donning a grey bike helmet, dark blue trousers, black Crocs and an orange tie-dye Pokemon shirt.
Authorities characterised the fourth-grader as a bright and daring young woman who was just elected to the student council at her school.