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By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

Charlotte Sena

The search for 9-year-old Charlotte Sena continues and state police say they have called in federal and other agencies to aid in the search, including the FBI and U.S. Marshals Service.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Charlotte remained missing after an extensive search of 46 linear miles. Four hundred certified search-and-rescue personnel are actively searching for the girl, who went missing Saturday evening from Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County.

The search is being led by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and includes searchers from law enforcement agencies and 34 volunteer fire departments, among others, according to a statement released by state police Monday afternoon.

The investigation is still classified as a missing child case. State police have called for assistance from numerous agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, New York State Park Police, DEC Environmental Conservation police officers, the Saratoga County and Schenectady County sheriff’s offices, Schenectady Police Department, state Department of Corrections and Community Services, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Search efforts are ongoing around the clock, according to state police.

Law enforcement is asking anyone who may have any information on the case to contact police.

“The people in this community are strong, and we support one another,” according to a statement from state police. “We are asking our community to come together today to help Charlotte and her family. When a child disappears, members of the community often have information they do not realize is valuable. This information is crucial in establishing a timeline of what happened.”

State police are asking anyone who visited Moreau Lake State Park on Saturday, Sept. 30, to email crimetip@troopers.ny.gov to provide information. Even the smallest details could be key to finding the girl.

“No detail is too small when searching for a missing child,” state police said.

Trained search-and-rescue personnel who would like to volunteer in the search effort can email rangers@dec.ny.gov and provide their name, contact information and credentials.

Moreau Lake State Park remains closed indefinitely as the search for Charlotte Sena continues, and the public is asked to avoid the area, according to state police. A temporary flight restriction has been issued by the Federal Aviation Administration over the park so search helicopters and other aircraft can safely continue their work.

“On behalf of all of us in law enforcement working together, we would like to thank the community for your overwhelming support in your assistance to help find Charlotte,” state police said in a statement. “Charlotte is a bright and adventurous girl who loves to be outside. Charlotte has a huge heart and wants to create a club at her school for kids who don’t have friends. She always put others first. Please know that we continue to work around the clock to bring Charlotte home.”

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