'I Just Want My Daughter Back': Mom of Missing N.Y. Girl, 9, Speaks Out as Police Say She's in Danger

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Charlotte Sena, 9, was last seen around 6:45 p.m. Saturday near Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort, N.Y.

<p>National Center of Missing and Exploited Children</p> Charlotte Sena

National Center of Missing and Exploited Children

Charlotte Sena

The family of missing girl Charlotte Sena is speaking out as the search for her continues in Upstate New York.

On Sunday, New York State Police issued an AMBER Alert for Charlotte, 9, after she was last seen around 6:45 p.m. Saturday near Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort, N.Y., about 45 miles north of Albany.

Police said Sena “was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death.”

At a press conference on Sunday, New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul said the girl was camping with her family in the area and disappeared after going on a bike ride.

“[She] did a couple of loops with close friends she considers her cousins and then she decided after going around Loop A, she said she wanted to go around one more time by herself. Be that big girl, do it by herself,” Hochul said.

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But after 15 minutes, Hochul said Charlotte was nowhere to be found. However, her bike was found, but it is unclear who located it, reported Fox News.

Speaking with Times-Union on Monday, Charlotte’s mother, Trisha Sena, described her daughter as a “good kid.”

“I just want my daughter back,” she told the outlet.

After the girl’s family and other campers joined in the search calling out her name, Hochul said Charlotte’s mother Tricia called 911 and New York State Police arrived around 15 minutes later.

Hochul told reporters Sunday there were “over 100 personnel deployed and 75 law enforcement on the ground” working to find Charlotte.

Those involved in the search include NYSP K-9s and bloodhounds, Moreau Lake State Park forest rangers, six underwater rescue teams, two drones, an airboat, a Sonar boat and technology experts to “analyze other forms of communications in the park.”

Charlotte is described by police as a white female who is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 90 lbs. She was last seen wearing an orange tie-dye Pokémon shirt, dark blue pants, black Crocs and a gray bike helmet.

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“Hearts are broken here today in New York. Hopefully there'll be a reunion,” Hochul said at the press conference. “Hopefully they'll be a family that has been traumatized, but as reunited. That is our prayer and our hope at this time.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call New York State Police at 518-477-9333 or 911.

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