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Inside how led police to find Paislee Shultis, 6, hidden in a secret room 150 miles from where she was ‘kidnapped’

PAISLEE Shultis was found safe in a secret room 150 kilometers from where she disappeared in upstate New York in 2019.

A tip led investigators back to the home they had previously searched for on Fawn Street in Saugerties, New York. This time, they found the girl in a secret compartment under the stairs.

Paislee Shultis found after going missing for two and a half years

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Paislee Shultis found after going missing for two and a half yearsCredit: Saugerties Police
Paislee was found in this hidden room under the stairs

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Paislee was found in this hidden room under the stairsCredit: Saugerties Police
This map shows the distance between where Paislee disappeared and where she was found

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This map shows the distance between where Paislee disappeared and where she was found

The discovery was made on February 14. The secret room in the stairwell was described by Saugerties police as “dark and damp.”

Police had previously visited the home multiple times in search of the 6-year-old, as they had long suspected Paislee’s unguarded biological father and mother, Kim Cooper and Kirk Shultis, had abducted the girl, according to police. CBS2.

Saugerties Sheriff Joseph Sinagra, talking to WNYTsaid they had been to the location “a number of times.”

But a new trick appeared, prompting police to receive a search warrant for the residence, according to the Saugerties Police Department Press Release. Officials searched the home for “more than an hour” before an officer discovered the stairs.

Sinagra told CBS2: “He was holding a flashlight and looking in between the cracks between the steps.

“He saw what he thought was a blanket, and at that point they used a halogen tool, a forced entry tool, and they started ripping the steps off the stairs. , it’s him. . “

Cooper is found hiding with Paislee in the encirclement.

Sinagra said it is believed Paislee was at the Saugerties’ home during her disappearance.

Sinagra said: “The child did not appear to have been abused.

Although it is noted that she could neither read nor write and received no domestic education, Paislee is believed to be in good health.

DISCOVER THE MYSTERY

Paislee was last seen in July 2019 at the home of her legal guardians.

It is believed that Cooper and Shultis took the girl from that location and have kept her hidden ever since.

Kim Cooper and Kirk Shultis do not have custody of Paislee, which Sinagra noted they lost at some point in 2019.

Sinagra said: “There is a reason they lost custody of the children and added that Paislee’s sister has been with her legal guardian since 2019.

Cooper has been charged with custodial interference in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child. She is also wanted by order in effect, according to Freeman Daily.

According to the press release, Shultis has been charged with interfering in the custody of a felony in the first degree and a misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, as he has denied knowing her location. girl several times since she went missing, according to the press release.

Shultis’ father and owner of the Saugerties home, Kirk Shultis Sr., was also charged with first degree interference with guardianship and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child, as it was revealed that he lied to the police about he knew where Paislee was. .

“At the time of the execution of the search warrant, the owner of the mansion denied any information about the whereabouts of the child and told officers that he had not seen the child since she was released. reported missing in 2019,” the press release reads.

Sinagra did not disclose Paislee’s current location due to safety concerns, but said she has been placed with a legal guardian and reunited with her sister.

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