- Charlotte Sena, a 9-year-old, was abducted from a park in upstate New York and later found safe in a camper.
- Craig Nelson Ross Jr., the suspect, left a ransom note with his fingerprints, leading to his arrest.
- Ross had a previous arrest in 1999 and lived close to the Sena family.
In a harrowing incident that gripped upstate New York, young Charlotte Sena was abducted but has since been safely recovered. This swift turn of events was thanks to a grave mistake by the alleged kidnapper, Craig Nelson Ross Jr.
The girl’s ordeal began at Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County. After riding her bike in the park, she went missing. An intense search was promptly launched with an Amber Alert issued, suggesting Charlotte was “in imminent danger.”
However, the big break in the case came when Ross, in an apparent oversight, left a ransom note with his fingerprints at the Sena residence.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, detailed the mistake, saying, “He literally drove up to the family’s mailbox, assuming they were not home [at] 4:20 in the morning, opens the mailbox and inserts the ransom note leaving the critical piece of evidence behind — his own fingerprint.”
As per the New York Post, these fingerprints were a match for Ross, connecting him to an earlier arrest in 1999 for DWI. With this evidence in hand, law enforcement quickly moved in. Teams descended on Ross’s location using helicopters. Ross, who was staying in a camper behind his mother’s house, resisted at first but was eventually apprehended.
Governor Hochul recounted the dramatic rescue, stating, “Immediately the little girl was found in a cabinet cupboard. She was rescued and she knew she was being rescued. She knew that she was in safe hands.”
Thankfully, Charlotte appeared unharmed, although she was taken to a hospital, following standard protocol.
Yet, many questions remain. Notably, Ross lives a mere two miles from the Sena family.
While it might seem tempting to connect the dots, Governor Hochul clarified, “But it is not known at this time, whether he knew her or had her under surveillance for any length of time.”
Charlotte’s abduction had initially spread panic, especially when she didn’t return after riding her bike in the park, leaving only her abandoned bike as a clue. This led to a search involving over 400 personnel, including specialized units like the NY State Police K-9s and bloodhounds.
The collective efforts culminated in Charlotte’s safe return, allowing Governor Hochul to announce, “Sena will be going home.”
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