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New York Dad Of Missing Girl Found Hidden In 'Small, Cold' Secret Space Under Staircase Accused Of New Crimes

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Source: Saugerties Police

Mar. 10 2023, Published 1:54 p.m. ET

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The father of a missing girl found in a secret room underneath a staircase in New York has been arrested again and faces new charges unrelated to the incident, authorities said.

Kirk Shultis has been accused of burglarizing a garage and a residence in Saugerties during a string of burglaries last fall, CNY Central reported.

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Shultis was arrested on March 8 and booked into the Ulster County Jail on a $250,000 bond, officials said.

According to police, he was just bailed out of jail days before he was arrested and taken into custody again.

As Front Page Detectives previously reported, Shultis’ daughter, now-6-year-old Paislee Shultis, was reported missing from Cayuga Heights in July 2019.

At the time, investigators believed her biological parents, who didn’t have custody, may have taken her.

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Police received a tip that Paislee was hidden in the Hudson Valley area, and detectives found the missing child and her parents at a home in Saugerties in February 2022.

At the time, Shultis opened the door at the residence and denied to police he knew where Paislee was. A detective, however, searched the home and saw an odd-looking section in the staircase, and he then noticed a blanket.

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Police checked out the area and discovered Paislee and her biological mother, 33-year-old Kimberly Cooper, in a “small, cold and wet” space.

Cooper and Shultis were both charged with felony custodial interference and endangering the welfare of a child, officials said.


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