(RepublicanPress.org) – On September 2, Florida detectives assigned to the Clermont Police Department received a phone call from Angelica Vences-Salgado, the mother of a six-year-old girl abducted in 2007. She told officers a woman claiming to be her daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez, contacted her through her social media account. The woman said she lived in Mexico and asked Vences-Salgado to meet at the Laredo, Texas, point of entry on September 10.
Florida officials passed the information along to US Homeland Security investigators and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Then, working alongside Laredo police officers, agents from both agencies intercepted the two women at the border and took Hernandez, now 19, into temporary custody.
Those officials confirmed Hernandez’s identity using documents provided by Vences-Salgado and the Clermont Police Department. The mother and daughter were then reunited after 14 years. The two posed for the photo below a few minutes later.
A remarkable reunion 14 years in the making. In December 2007, Jacqueline Hernandez was 6 when police say she was kidnapped from her Clermont home by her father. Just last week, the now 19-year-old was reunited with her mother. This story gives me chills! @WFTV pic.twitter.com/GeNSQne2Sf
— Christy Turner (@CTurnerWFTV) September 14, 2021
Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway praised the operation, calling it a “prime example” of what can happen when law enforcement agencies work together to protect and serve the needs of their communities.
Officials with Florida’s Department of Law enforcement accused Hernandez’s father, Pablo Hernandez, of abducting her in late 2007. A felony warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest. They believed, at the time, he might have traveled to Mexico. His current whereabouts remain unknown.
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