Jacqueline Hernandez 19 who was “abducted” when she was 6-years-old, has reunited with her mother 14 years later.
Clermont Police Department in Florida said Angelica Vences-Salgado, was ‘contacted via social media by a female claiming to be her abducted daughter’. The mum whose daughter vanished in 2007, said the “person” who contacted her said she was in Mexico and wanted to meet at the US border in Texas on September 10.
The arranged meeting was stopped at the border entry point in Laredo by security officials, who wanted to confirm that Hernandez was who she said she was.
The police report read;
‘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.’
After Hernandez’s identity was confirmed, the mother was allowed to meet her and did so shortly before 5pm that day. Authorities also released a photo of them embracing.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement alleged that Hernandez was ‘abducted by her father, Pablo Hernandez’ 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.
Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway said in a statement;
‘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’.
Narrating her ordeal, Vences-Salgado told Fox News that not being part of her daughter’s life for 14 years was difficult but that she has filled her home with balloons and banners celebrating her homecoming.
Ms Hernandez also said her childhood in Mexico was good but that she always missed her mother.