9-year-old Charlotte Sena is being sought for by the New York State Police after she was allegedly abducted on Saturday afternoon while camping with her family.
The girl was last seen around 6:15 p.m. near Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County, roughly 50 miles north of Albany, wearing an orange tie-dye Pokémon shirt, dark blue jeans, black Crocs, and a gray bike helmet She is described by authorities as having blond hair, standing at 4 feet, 6 inches tall, and weighing 90 pounds.
At a press conference on Sunday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul claimed that after performing a few loops with friends, the girl had decided to perform one more by herself. Her parents and other campers in the area started a search for her after fifteen minutes had passed without her return. Charlotte’s bike was discovered on the loop around 6:45 p.m. Two minutes later, her mother made a 911 call to report her missing. State police were at the site at 7 o’clock, according to Hochul.
Charlotte may now be in “imminent danger,” according to police, which activated an Amber alert for alleged kidnapping.
“Following our exhaustive search of the park we took that step of issuing the Amber Alert because we felt that that exhaustive search, when we couldn’t find her here, it was quite possible that an abduction had taken place,” said Lt. Colonel Richard Mazzone of the Uniform Force of the State Police.
***AMBER ALERT UPDATED DESCRIPTION*** PLEASE SHARE! NYSP has activated AMBER Alert for a child abduction that occurred near Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort, NY at about 6:45 PM on 9/30/2023. Anyone with any information should call the NYSP at (518) 457-6811 or dial 911. pic.twitter.com/vE6YGbdDP9
— NewYorkStatePolice (@nyspolice) October 1, 2023
Over 75 law enforcement officials and 100 personnel, including aircraft and underwater rescue teams, bloodhounds, drones, and technological specialists, are hunting for the youngster. A member of the Schenectady Fire Department who is Charlotte’s uncle is also one of the volunteers.
“We are leaving no stone, no branch, no table, no cabin unturned, untouched, unexamined in our search to find Charlotte,” Gov. Hochul said. “If you know anything, if you’ve seen anything, if you hear anything, please contact 911 to tell us what you know.”