In 2019, four-year-old Paislee Shultis was reported missing from Spencer New York. At the time, the child was believed to have been abducted by her non-custodial parents, Kimberly Cooper, Shultis and Kirk Shultis Jr.
On February14, 2022, incidental to receiving information that the child was being held within a hidden location at a residence located at 35 Fawn Road in the Town of Saugerties, Saugerties Police applied for and obtained a warrant from the Town of Saugerties Justice Court Authorizing the search of the residence for the child.
At 8:06 PM Saugerties Police Detectives, SPD uniform officers with assistance from the New York State Police BCI and uniform troopers, executed the search on the residence. At the time of search warrant execution, the owner of the residence denied having any knowledge of the child’s whereabouts telling officers that he had not seen the child since she was reported missing in 2019. A little over an hour into the search of the residence, the child was located secreted in a makeshift room, under a closed staircase leading to the basement of the residence. Upon removing the step boards, the child and her abductor, Kimberly Cooper Shultis were found hiding in the dark and wet enclosure.