Charlotte Sena, 9, disappears during family camping trip at NY state park—officials fear the worst

The search for Charlotte Sena, a nine-year-old who disappeared from a New York state park on Saturday evening, has intensified, and now her family is seeking the public’s assistance.

Charlotte was last seen around 6:15 p.m. riding her bicycle at Moreau Lake State Park in Gansevoort, New York, approximately 45 miles north of Albany. Initially, she went for a bike ride with friends but decided to do one more loop by herself.

Her mother reported her missing around 6:45 p.m. after her bicycle was found along the path without her.

State police arrived at the scene around 7 p.m. and launched an extensive search of the 6,200-acre park.

On Sunday morning, officials issued an Amber Alert.

“Following our exhaustive search of the park, we took the step of issuing the Amber Alert because we believed that after that exhaustive search, when we couldn’t find her here, it was quite possible that an abduction had occurred,” said Lt. Colonel Richard Mazzone of the Uniform Force of the State Police.

“The child was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm and/or death,” the alert stated.

Meanwhile, Charlotte’s family is appealing to the public for any information.

“No tip is insignificant, so if anyone has any information at all…,” said Jené Sena, Charlotte’s aunt. “She is a blonde, adorable 9-year-old little girl with bangs. She has green eyes, just under 5 feet tall, and she is just a sweet, adorable girl.”

During a briefing on Sunday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “We are leaving no stone, no branch, no table, no cabin unturned, untouched, unexamined in our search to find Charlotte.”

Currently, more than 100 people, including civilians, police, and forest rangers, are searching for the nine-year-old. Authorities are also employing bloodhounds, drones, and boats to search the state park.

The park remains closed indefinitely.

This is a “critical time” in the search for Charlotte Sena, according to CNN Chief Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analyst John Miller.

“This is a critical time. The statistics tell us in possible abductions, which this well may be, that the first 24 to 48 hours are critical,” Miller said on CNN This Morning. “Once they found her bike during that search, they realized she’s not on it, she hasn’t gone too far, she didn’t get lost. Something’s really wrong.”

Charlotte, who grew up approximately 10 miles from where she went missing, was last seen wearing a tie-dye Pokemon t-shirt, dark blue pants, a gray helmet, and black Crocs.