A Florida girl who was kidnapped at the age of six has been found alive and well after she went missing 14 years ago, police say.
Jacqueline Hernandez, who disappeared in 2007 and aged 19, has found her mother.
Ms Hernandez’s mother, Angelica Vences-Salgado, was “contacted via social media by a woman claiming to be her kidnapped daughter,” according to the Clermont Police Department.
Investigators say she told Ms Vences-Salgado that she was in Mexico and wanted to meet her at the U.S. border in Texas on September 10.
The women arranged to meet and were then intercepted by authorities at the Laredo, Texas border port of entry as authorities sought to confirm whether Jacqueline Hernandez was who she claimed to be.
“Based on the documentation provided to […] agencies by Angelica and the Clermont Police Department, they determined the woman to be Jacqueline Hernandez who was taken from her mother in 2007, ”the police report said, continuing:“ At approximately 4:55 pm Jacqueline was successfully reunited with his mother.
Police then released a photo of the two entwined.
Ms Vences-Salgado told Fox News it was hard to spend so much time without her daughter, but now her house is filled with signs and balloons celebrating her return. Ms Hernandez told the channel that she had a great childhood but still misses her mother.
In 2007, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement stated that Ms. Hernandez was “allegedly abducted by her father, Pablo Hernandez” on December 22 of the same year.
An arrest warrant for kidnapping was issued against him and investigators suspected at the time that he could have taken Ms Hernandez to Mexico. Clermont Police are now working with the FBI to apprehend Mr. Hernandez.
Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway said in a statement. “In this case, several agencies in different counties and states across the country were able to create a force multiplier and help reunite the victim with her mother after 14 years.”
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