A massive two-day search operation culminated in the rescue of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena, who disappeared on a family camping trip at Moreau Lake State Park.
The girl vanished Saturday evening while cycling near her campsite. Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed the girl’s safety Monday night and announced the arrest of the suspected abductor, Craig Nelson Ross Jr., 47. Ross became a key suspect when investigators found his fingerprint on a ransom note left in the family’s mailbox. He was located and arrested at a property associated with his family, and Charlotte was discovered hidden inside a cabinet within his camper. Though physically unharmed, she was taken to a hospital for routine check-ups.
Ross, who had a prior 1999 DWI case, is still being questioned, with charges expected to be filed. The governor urged the public to allow the ongoing investigation to continue. The extensive search for Charlotte saw participation from approximately 400 personnel, including forest rangers, police officers, and firefighters, covering over 46 linear miles. The park remained closed during the operation, with troopers setting up checkpoints on adjacent roads. As the community reeled from the incident, additional counselors were provided at Charlotte’s school to support students and staff.
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