Two years after her disappearance, a six-year-old girl was found alive and in good health in a hidden room in New York, police said, suspecting she had been abducted by her biological parents who had lost custody.
Police found the girl Paisley Shaltis on Monday in the small town of Sogertis, in the state of New York, two years after she disappeared in Spencer, a place located 290 kilometers west.
Police believe the girl was abducted by her biological parents, Kimberly Cooper, 33, and Kirk Shaltis Jr., 32, who had no custody of her.
Police received a report on the girl’s whereabouts on Monday and a search warrant. They went to her grandfather’s house, which they had been searching for for almost an hour, before finding her in a makeshift room under the stairs leading to the basement.
After removing the boards, the girl and her mother Kimberly were found in the dark.
Paisley was taken to a police station where doctors examined her. She was in good health and returned to her guardian, and her biological parents and 57-year-old grandfather Kirk Shaltis were arrested.