- A 4-year-old girl identified as Paislee Shultis who has been missing since 2019 has finally been found after 3 years of searching
- Paislee had gone missing in 2019 and was feared to have been abducted by her parents after they lost custody of her
- Police in Saugerties town in New York found the girl in a 'dark and wet' room underneath a staircase
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Thanks to an anonymous tip, police officers in Saugerties, New York received on Monday, February 14, a little girl who has been declared missing since 2019 has recently been found alive under the staircase of a makeshift room.
According to ABC News, 4-year-old Paislee Shultis was abducted by her parents after they lost custody of the child.
Paislee was abducted by her biological parents, Kim Cooper and Kirk Cultis, from the home of her legal guardian in Cayuga Heights, New York.
It isn't clear why the girl's biological parents lost custody of her but Daily Mail reports that she has been hidden away from law enforcement by the couple for the past 3 years.
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How she was found
Upon receiving the tip, police officers had proceeded to the home of her biological parents for a search. During the search, one Saugerties Detective Erik Thiele noticed something about the staircase leading from the back of the couple's residence.
He then shone a flashlight into the stairs where the tiny feet of the young girl were discovered. They would find the girl and her abductor in the 'dark, wet' room.
Her biological parents and grandfather were arrested after the discovery.
The kid is now in good health and has been taken back to her legal guardian.
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The discovery sparks debate on social media
"How the hell did she survive all these years? Poor little girl. God bless her. Thx God she was found & rescued. I pray she’ll be ok long term. I hope whomever is responsible pay for this & goes to jail for life."
"And they released them! Absolutely sickening that someone can kidnap a child and nothing happens to them."
"There will probably be a 20/20 segment on this story in the near future. Glad they found her alive. I just hope she won't have a long therapy for this. Such sad events."
"Thank God she is found, still alive Someone was looking over her-a guardian angel perhaps? I wish she recovers from this trauma and get all the counseling help and support."
''The thing that kept this child here had better be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, EVER!''
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Missing 19-year-old girl reappears after 7 years
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported that a 19-year-old girl who had gone missing reappeared after 7 years.
Idris ran away when she was twelve; she said she did not experience the love of a mother and decided to stay on her own.
While she was wandering, she ran into a man whom she approached for help. The man took her to a pastor who took her in and converted her to Christianity. She was enrolled in a school in Jos and ended up living there.
The young girl said she could not really tell what made her leave the house; becoming a Christian was not a forced decision according to her. The pastor upon meeting her did not report her case to the police, neither did he try reuniting her with her family.
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