Fourteen years after she was allegedly abducted by her father, a Florida girl has been reunited with her mother at the US-Mexico border, police say.
The disappearance of six-year-old Jacqueline Hernandez in 2007 remained unsolved until this month, when she allegedly contacted her mother on Facebook.
Ms Hernandez, now 19 years old, informed Angelica Vences-Salgado that she was in Mexico. They reunited in Texas on Monday.
Ms Hernandez’s identity has been confirmed by investigators who intercepted the pair.
The reunification effort drew on the resources of multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies.
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Ms Hernandez, a native of Clermont, Florida, was allegedly kidnapped from her home on December 22, 2007 by her father, Pablo Hernandez.
At the time, a felony warrant was issued because authorities expected the couple to travel to Mexico. Mr Hernandez’s current whereabouts are unknown.
Ms Vences-Salgado contacted Clermont police on September 2nd, claiming she had been contacted online by a woman claiming to be her daughter.
Police in Florida and Texas, as well as DHS investigators, devised a plan to “intercept” the young woman during her meeting with Ms Vences-Salgado to verify her identity.
Ms Hernandez and Ms Vences-Salgado agreed to meet at a border crossing in Laredo, Texas, in their Facebook exchange.
Documentation quickly established that she was Ms Vences-child. Salgado’s
Clermont police chief Charles Broad said in a statement on Monday that the coordinated effort created “a force multiplier” that helped reunite the pair after 14 years.
The Clermont Police Department did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.