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Florida mother reunites with daughter who was kidnapped in 2007, police say

The mother of a girl who was abducted from her home at the age of 6 has been reunited with her daughter after nearly 14 years, Florida authorities said on Monday.

Angelica Vences-Salgado called authorities on September 2 after receiving a message on social media from a person claiming to be Jacqueline Hernandez, the child she had not seen or heard since 2007, according to the police department from Clermont. Hernandez was reportedly kidnapped by her father, Pablo Hernandez, in Clermont, Florida, and an arrest warrant for kidnapping was issued against him in December of that year.

Angelica Vences-Salgado was reunited with her daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez, on September 10, 2021. Hernandez, now 19, was abducted in 2007 in Clermont, Florida.Clermont Police Department

In the social media post, the woman claiming to be Jacqueline Hernandez told Vences-Salgado she was in Mexico and asked her to meet her on Friday at the port of entry in Laredo, Texas, police said. After an investigation, the authorities verified that the woman was the child of Vences-Salgado.

Authorities “determined the woman to be Jacqueline Hernandez who was taken from her mother in 2007. At approximately 4:55 pm Jacqueline, now 19, successfully reunited with her mother,” police said in a press release. which included a photo of the women smiling and kissing.

Details of Jacqueline Hernandez’s life since her kidnapping have not been disclosed.

Her father’s status was unknown on Tuesday. It was not clear if the authorities were still looking for him.