Charlotte Sena, 9, was located two days after going missing
The family of Charlotte Sena has released a statement expressing gratitude to the first responders who found the girl alive two days after she went missing.
"We are thrilled that she is home and we understand that the outcome is not what every family gets," the family said in a statement shared with PEOPLE. "A huge thank you to the FBI, the New York State police, all of the agencies that were mobilized, all of the families, friends, community, neighbors and hundreds of volunteers who supported us and worked tirelessly to bring Charlotte home."
Charlotte, 9, went missing Saturday evening while riding her bike near Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County, N.Y. She was found alive Monday night, New York State Police said, one day after police put out an AMBER Alert.
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Craig Nelson Ross Jr., 47, was taken into custody on Monday evening and charged with first-degree kidnapping, New York State Police said. Ross was allegedly linked to the kidnapping after his fingerprints, stemming from a 1999 DWI, matched a print left on a ransom note he allegedly left at the home of Charlotte's family, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a Monday press conference.
It's not clear if Ross has entered a plea or retained an attorney.
The match led police to the home of Ross’ mother, where he was found in a camper parked in the rear Sunday evening, the governor said.
“After some resistance, the suspect was taken into custody and immediately the little girl was found in a cabinet, covered and she was rescued,” Hochul said. "She knew that she was being rescued. She knew that she was in safe hands.”
Charlotte's aunt Jene Sena told PEOPLE that those who had used Charlotte's photo as a profile picture on social media should change it to an orange heart that says "Welcome Home Charlotte!"
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