9-Year-Old From New York Gets Rescued After Kidnapping While Cycling

Published 10/04/2023, 5:01 PM EDT

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The Moreau State Park situated in upstate New York is famous among family and friends for its picturesque setting and hiking adventures amidst nature and sandy beach with the Saratoga Springs in close proximity. However, the scenic place has made it into the headlines for a harrowing incident when a nine-year-old girl, Charlotte Sena was abducted while cycling in the park. 

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Charlotte was on vacation with her family when the unfortunate incident took place. Let us delve into the article about whether the little girl has been discovered and the whereabouts of the suspect. 

The rescue operation of the abducted cyclist

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A fun and happening holiday immediately transformed into a catastrophe when 9-year-old, Charlotte Sena disappeared on a Saturday evening at around 6:15 p.m. Since the park covers an extensive area, it is divided into different loops circling the lake and it was around Loop A that Charlotte was last seen on a solo bike ride during the sunset after spending the whole day with her friends. 

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Eventually, after a long wait and hectic operations continuing for two long days, the troopers were able to break through the case. The little girl was rescued alive and was hidden inside a camper van tucked within a cupboard. Following her recovery, Charlotte was quickly transported to the hospital where the authorities announced her to be physically fit.

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On her recovery, Governor Hochul shared his views with Metro, “Our hearts are with her family as they welcome her home. Thank you to the New York State Police, New York Park Police and all who worked so tirelessly to find Charlotte.”

Action taken to detain the kidnapper

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According to the investigators, it has been presumed that Charlotte was either pulled into a vehicle or dragged into the woods by the abductor. Followed by exhausting search operations and investigation, Craig Ross Jr., the 47-year-old alleged kidnapper was arrested. On putting a ransom note through the family postbox of Charlotte, the suspect left a trace allowing the authorities to track and eventually arrest him. 

From the ransom note, fingerprints were retrieved that gave a clue of Craig’s DNA charging him for first-degree kidnapping. When the convict was found out by the authorities, he was residing in a trailer stalled on a property, belonging to his mother in Milton, New York. 

Craig is now under the charge of the police authorities and is being held for questioning to trace out the details that led him to abduct the little girl and to find out the blueprint of the whole abducting action. Although there have been erroneous reports circulating in the media, he is not a registered sex offender.    

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The safe recovery of Charlotte proves to be evidence of the joint and collected efforts of the community and the law enforcement agencies. However, the unfortunate incidents shed light on the lack of vigilance and vulnerabilities of the security system that surrounds the area. 

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Soheli Tarafdar

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Soheli Tarafdar is a fresh Sports Viral Moments writer at EssentiallySports. With a postgraduate degree from Calcutta University, her academic foundation has been a cornerstone in her journey as a writer. Specializing in literature during her studies, she embarked on a writing career that initially led her to explore academic content creation.
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