The 9-year-old girl who vanished Saturday after going on a bike ride was discovered in a cabinet cupboard of the suspect’s camper home, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday.
In a late-night press conference, Hochul detailed how the alleged abductor of Charlotte Sena was done in by his own fingerprint after dropping off a ransom note in the mailbox of the girl’s family home early Monday morning.
That fingerprint belonged to 46-year-old Craig Nelson Ross, Jr., who was arrested at 6:32 p.m. Monday—the same time cops found and freed Sena from a cabinet inside a camper.
“It’s been a long two days but tonight our prayers have been answered,” Hochul said, adding that Sena’s disappearance was “every parent’s worst nightmare.”
“What happened was extraordinary,” Hochul said, as she outlined the timeline of events that led the the suspect’s capture, beginning at 4:20 a.m. Monday, when he dropped off the note.
Hochul said officers spotted Ross dropping the ransom note in the mailbox, but he’d gotten away by the time they realized what was dropped off.
She added that the fingerprints on the note struck a match in New York’s database of past criminals around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon and that investigators found a match from