Paislee Shultis went missing in New York in 2019, but on Monday police received a tip and found the little girl hidden in a 'dark, wet' room under some basement stairs
Paislee Shultis was abducted from her legal guardian two years ago, police found the little girl hidden under the stairs on Monday following a tip (Image: Saugerties Police)
A six-year-old girl has been found hidden inside a secret room under a stair case more than two years after she was abducted.
Paislee Shultis was abducted by her parents in 2019 when she was four, after they lost custody of her.
She has been missing since she vanished from the home of her legal guardian in Cayuga Heights, New York, with her parents hiding her from police.
Investigators at the time suspected her biological parents, Kimberly Cooper, 33, and Kirk Shultis, Jr, 32 and on Monday police in Saugerties, upstate New York got a tip she was with the couple.
Officers searched a property on Fawn Road and spoke with the residents, including Kirk Shultis, Jr, and his father Shultish Sr, 57.
Kimberly Cooper, accused of abducting Paislee, was found hiding with her beneath the staircase ( Image: Saugerties Police)
Shultis Jr told police had had no idea where his daughter Paislee was, according to police.
But during a search Detective Erik Thiele "noticed something about the staircase leading from the back of the residence into the basement of the house that caught his attention", according to a statement released on Tuesday.
He shone a flashlight into the stairs and that is when detectives saw a pair of tiny feet.
Officers removed several steps and found the child and her mother Kimberly Cooper were hidden in a makeshift room secreted behind the stairs.
The hidden room where the girl was found living under the stairs at her grandfather's house ( Image: Saugerties Police)
"The child was located secreted in a makeshift room, under a closed staircase leading to the basement of the residence," Saugerties Police said in a statement.
"Upon removing the step boards, the child and her abductor, Kimberly Cooper were found hiding in the dark and wet enclosure."
Police took the child to the Saugerties Police Department headquarters where she was assessed by medics and returned to her legal guardian.
Cooper, Shultis, and his father, Kirk Shultis Sr, 57, were all arrested and charged with felony custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child.
Source: The Daily Mirror