Editor’s note: Due to the girl being found alive, WFLA is no longer using her photo.
MOREAU, N.Y. (WFLA) — A 9-year-old girl who vanished from an Upstate New York park on Monday has been found alive, officials confirmed.
Charlotte Sena was found in good health and a suspect is in custody, officials said.
“This is a very good day,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a Monday night news conference. “It’s been a long two days, but tonight our prayers have been answered.”
Hochul said at about 4:20 a.m., a car pulled up to the family’s home, which was being watched by state police, and a person placed a ransom note in the mailbox. Police believe the note was placed in there by the suspect.
At 2:30 p.m., police were able to find a match for a fingerprint to a DWI arrest in 1999 in Saratoga, according to Hochul. Officials then were able to find the suspect in a camper at his mother’s house, which is where Sena was also found.
Hochul identified the suspect as 47-year-old Craig Nelson Ross, Jr. He was still being questioned Monday night.
“She knew she was being rescued,” Hochul said.
After some resistance from the suspect, he was taken into custody and Sena’s parents were notified, Hochul said.
Officials are working to learn whether or not Sena was targeted. Hochul said a vehicle registered to the suspect was to an address two miles from Sena’s home.
Officials are doing more searches to figure out if the suspect has ties to any more cases.
“We cannot emphasize enough how appreciative we are for the support we received from Charlotte’s community, friends and family,” police said.
A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, but police haven’t announced a time.
Officials believed Sena may have been abducted while riding her bicycle in Moreau Lake State Park, which is about 35 miles north of Albany, officials said.
More than 100 searchers, including police, rangers and civilians, scoured the park Sunday using drones, bloodhounds and an airboat.
Charlotte, a fourth grader from nearby Greenfield, had been riding her bike around a loop in the bucolic park with other children when she decided to ride around one more time by herself. Her parents became alarmed when she failed to return after 15 minutes.
The girl’s mother called 911 after her bicycle was found at around 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.