A mother and daughter were reunited almost 14 years after the then 6-year-old girl went missing, Florida authorities said Monday.
Angelica Vences-Salgado called authorities on September 2 after receiving a message on social media from someone claiming to be her daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez, whom she had not seen or heard since 2007, Clermont police said . Hernandez was reportedly kidnapped by her father on December 22, 2007, and a warrant for kidnapping was issued five days later, according to the original report.
Hernandez told Salgado she was in Mexico and asked to meet her at the port of entry in Laredo, Texas, police said.
On September 10, federal agents intercepted Salgado and Hernandez and were able to confirm that the young woman, now 19, was Salgado’s missing daughter.
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“A kidnapped girl has been reunited with her mother following a collaboration between law enforcement,” David Pezzutti, deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Orlando, said in the press release. “This is a great example of how strong partnerships in law enforcement can work to solve problems, no matter how complex or how far away. “
Details regarding Hernandez’s life since his kidnapping in 2007 have not been disclosed and his father’s whereabouts are unknown. It is not known if he is currently wanted by authorities.