Laredo, TX – A Florida mother whose six-year-old daughter was kidnapped in 2007 was reunited with her child at the U.S. border with Mexico on Sept. 10, according to police.
Jacqueline Hernandez, now 19, was abducted by her father, Pablo Hernandez, on Dec. 22, 2007, according to a flyer distributed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) at the time.
A warrant for kidnapping was issued days after the child’s disappearance.
The FDLE said investigators believed Pablo took Jacqueline to Mexico.
Fourteen years later, on Sept. 2, Angelica Vences-Salgado received a message on social media from a woman claiming to be her missing daughter, the Clermont Police Department (CPD) said in a press release on Monday.
The woman asked Vences-Salgado to travel to Laredo, Texas to meet her at the border Point of Entry on Sept. 10.
CPD and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange in Orlando about the case, at which point Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations in Florida coordinated with HSI in Texas to develop a plan to meet up with the woman to confirm whether or not she was Jacqueline.
HSI, Laredo police, and U.S. Customs and Border protection met up with Vences-Salgado and the woman shortly before 2 p.m. on Sept. 10.
“Based on the documentation provided to these agencies by Angelica and Clermont Police Department, they determined that the female was indeed Jacqueline Hernandez who was abducted from her mother in 2007,” the CPD said.
Jacqueline and her mother were reunited within hours.
“This is a prime example of what can be accomplished when multiple law enforcement agencies and their respective communities work cooperatively together and maintain open lines of communication,” CPD Chief Charles Broadway said in the press release.
“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,” Chief Broadway said.
Pablo’s whereabouts are unknown, FOX News reported.
Details regarding what happened to Jacqueline after her abduction have not been released, according to WFLA.