A woman who was abducted when she was six years old has been found 14 years later, alive and well.
Jacqueline Hernandez, 19, has been reunited with her mother after vanishing in 2007. Her mom, Angelica Vences-Salgado, was ‘contacted via social media by a female claiming to be her abducted daughter’, the Clermont Police Department in Florida stated.
Hernandez told Vences-Salgado that she was in Mexico and wanted to meet at the US border in Texas on September 10, according to investigators.
The women arranged the meeting but were stopped by authorities at the border entry point in Laredo. The officials were seeking to confirm that Hernandez was who she said she was.
‘Based on the documentation provided to (…) agencies by Angelica and Clermont Police Department, they determined that the female was indeed Jacqueline Hernandez who was abducted from her mother in 2007,’ a police report stated.
Once Hernandez’s identity was confirmed, the mother were allowed to meet, and did so shortly before 5pm that day.
Authorities also released a photo of them embracing.
Hernandez was ‘allegedly abducted by her father, Pablo Hernandez’, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in December 2007.
A felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for her father. Investigators at the time believed that he may have taken her to Mexico.
The Clermont Police Department has partnered with the FBI to find and arrest Mr Hernandez.
‘In this case, several agencies in different counties and states across the nation were able to create a force multiplier and aid in reuniting the victim with her mother after 14 years,’Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway said in a statement.
Vences-Salgado told Fox News that being apart from her daughter for 14 years was difficult but that she has filled her home with balloons and banners celebrating her homecoming.
Ms Hernandez said her childhood in Mexico was good but that she always missed her mother.
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