Child missing since 2019 found alive in Saugerties

A child missing from the Ithaca area since 2019 has been found alive in Saugerties.

Paislee Shultis was just 4 years old when she went missing. Police suspected she had been abducted by her noncustodial parents, 33-year-old Kimberly Cooper and 32-year-old Kirk Shultis.

Police were tipped off the girl was being held at 35 Fawn Rd. in Saugerties. They got a warrant and searched the home. More than an hour into the search, they found the child and Cooper in a dark, wet makeshift room under a staircase.

Three people, Cooper, Kirk Shultis Jr. and 57-year-old Kirk Shultis Sr., now face several charges.

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The child was examined by paramedics and is reported to be in good health. She’s now back with her legal guardian and reunited with her older sister.