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Charlotte Sena abduction suspect is named as Craig Ross Jr, 46, as cops claim he was nabbed after leaving ransom note with his FINGERPRINTS at rescued nine year-old’s house
- Charlotte went cycling on Saturday at 6.15pm in Moreau State Park, New York
- The nine-year-old has since been found alive two days after going missing
- Multiple law enforcement sources say that the suspect has a sexual abuse criminal history – and that they allegedly left a note at Sena’s parents’ house
A man has been arrested over the abduction of a nine-year-old girl who vanished from her family holiday while riding a bike in an upstate New York park.
Charlotte Sena, nine, was found ‘alive and safe’ on Monday – two days after she vanished from Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort.
Craig Ross Jr, 47, is the suspect in custody. He lives inside a trailer at his parents’ property on Barrett Road in Milton, New York – and cops raided his home today.
Police found little Charlotte inside his trailer, hidden in a cabinet.
Ross Jr. left a ransom note at Sena’s parents’ home at 4.20am Monday morning – covered in his DNA and fingerprints – which police eventually used to arrest him.
At 2.30pm, investigators found a match in the database and linked the fingerprint to Ross’ DWI arrest made in Saratoga County in the 1990s.
Earlier reports wrongly claimed that an unnamed 51-year-old pedophile had been arrested. Cops have not shared any detail on whether Ross Jr has a criminal background.
It’s understood that schoolgirl Charlotte was found in a trailer at a property owned on Barrett Road. She was taken to Albany Medical Center Hospital after being found.
Charlotte Sena is found alive two days after nine year-old vanished while riding bike in upstate New York park
Charlotte is 90lbs and 5ft 1in tall. Her family say she is ‘trusting’ and a ‘good kid’
Charlotte Sena was last seen cycling around Loop A in the Moreau Lake State Park in upstate New York near Saratoga Springs. She went for the cycle alone at 6.15pm, and was never seen again. Police were unable to find her anywhere in the park, so believe she was abducted
According to the Times Union, the investigation is focused on the belief that Charlotte was pulled into a vehicle against her will or dragged into the woods.
Police said just after 7pm: ‘Charlotte has been found safe and in good health.’
New York State Police were previously confident Charlotte was abducted from Moreau Lake State Park. She was last seen wearing a tie-dye Pokemon shirt, dark blue pants, black crocs, gray bike helmet on Saturday evening.
Police raided a house in Milton, New York, on Monday evening, shortly before police announced the arrest. The residence is where the suspect lives – and the girl may have been found in a ‘trailer on the property,’ the Union reported.
That property is 13 miles south of Charlotte Sena’s family home.
The multi-agency search – which spanned 46 miles and included 400 search personnel and dozens of federal, state, and local bodies on the ground – ended today.
Charlotte was cycling alone on Loop A of Moreau Lake State Park in New York near Saratoga Springs when she vanished at 6.15pm on Saturday.
She had been playing with friends throughout the day but decided to cycle alone, one last time, before the sun went down.
It should have only taken a few minutes for to complete the small loop. At 6.30pm, her parents realized she hadn’t returned and grew worried. By 6.47pm, they had found Charlotte’s bike on the loop and called 911.
Charlotte’s relieved family held an impromptu press conference and thanked people for their help
Charlotte (far right) as a younger child with her mother Trisha, father David and sisters. The devastated family is desperate for her to come home
A frantic search was launched for the child, for whom an Amber Alert was issued on Sunday morning after rangers searched the 6,250-acre park and found no sign of her.
There are 158 camping sites in the park. Loop A sits in the southwest corner of the park and is directly adjacent to US Highway 9 – which runs all the way from Philadelphia to Canada.
New York Gov. Hochul said on Monday night: ‘We are overjoyed at the news that Charlotte Sena has been located safely this evening after an intense days-long search.
‘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.
‘It is because of their efforts that Charlotte will be able to return home safe to her family.’