Charlotte Sena, 9, disappears while on a bike ride in Moreau Lake State Park

A 9-year-old girl went missing during a bike ride while camping with her family in New York’s Moreau Lake State Park – and police searched the area for 18 hours before issuing an Amber Alert.

Charlotte Sena of Greenfield, N.Y., was enjoying a family outing Saturday night when she decided to take one last walk on her own around her picnic field, Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a news conference Sunday.

Sena, the niece of a local firefighter, set off on her bike to Loop A around 6:15 p.m. to prove she was “one of the big kids” but never returned.

Hochul said the girl’s family was distraught over the sudden disappearance.

“The family was here to create memories that would last a lifetime. Instead, it became every parent’s nightmare,” Hochul said.

When Sena didn’t return within 15 minutes, her family and fellow campers went looking for her. Police called to the scene of the accident around 6:47 p.m

Charlotte Sena, 9, disappeared Saturday while on a bike ride with her family in New York’s Moreau Lake State Park.
Facebook/Jené Sena
Sena, of Greenfield, was last seen wearing a tie-dye Pokémon shirt, dark blue pants, black Crocs and a gray bicycle helmet.

The 9-year-old’s bike was found on Loop A when a 100-person search party consisting of state troopers, special forces, forest rangers, park police and civilian volunteers converged on the scene.

Since Sena’s disappearance, Lt. Col. Richard Mazzone of the New York State Police said his team conducted an extensive search of the park for 18 hours, with police assuming the child was no longer there.

At 9:45 a.m. Sunday, police issued an Amber Alert amid fears Sena may have been kidnapped while she was alone.

Police believe the child may have been abducted from the park.
Handout for the family
Sena’s bike was found at Moreau Lake State Park, and officers also searched the waterways.

Mazzone revealed that in addition to issuing the warning, officials will continue to search the area for Sena, with a water search team also being deployed to check nearby waterways.

“We continue to use every resource at our disposal to find Charlotte and bring her home safely,” Mazzone said.

Sena was described as a white child with blonde hair, standing 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 90 pounds.

Gov. Kathy Hochul and police said they would provide all necessary resources to help find the missing child.

She was last seen wearing an orange tie-dye Pokémon shirt, dark blue pants, black Crocs and a gray bicycle helmet.

Officials described the fourth-grader as an intelligent and adventurous girl who was recently elected to her school’s student council.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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