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Woman Abducted At The Age Of Six Has Been Found Safe After 14 Years

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Woman Abducted At The Age Of Six Has Been Found Safe After 14 Years

A woman who was abducted as a six-year-old has been reunited with her mother 14 years later, police say.

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Jacqueline Hernandez told police she was in Mexico after being kidnapped by her father in 2007, but managed to find her mum via social media.

Angelica Vences-Salgado says she received a message on social media from a woman in Mexico claiming to be her daughter, according to a news release on Monday (13 September) from the Clermont Police Department.

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The police report read: "On 09/02/2021, the Clermont Police Department Detective Division received a phone call from Angelica Vences-Salgado, who is the mother of a juvenile victim abducted from her home in 2007.

"Angelica stated that she was contacted via social media by a female claiming to be her abducted daughter Jacqueline Hernandez. The female told her she was in Mexico and requested that she meet her at the Point of Entry at the border in Texas on 09/10/2021."

Clermont Police received support from the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, Florida Homeland Security Investigations, and ICE's Enforcement and Removals Operations.

Jacqueline and her mother were re-united at the US-Mexico border, and police oversaw the arranged meeting to confirm the woman was who she claimed to be.

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The report continued: "Based on the documentation provided to agencies by Angelica and Clermont Police Department, they determined that the female was indeed Jacqueline Hernandez who was abducted from her mother in 2007."

A picture of Jacqueline Hernandez shared back in 2007 when she was abducted. Credit: Florida Department of Law Enforcement
A picture of Jacqueline Hernandez shared back in 2007 when she was abducted. Credit: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

It continued: "At approximately 4.55pm, Jacqueline, now 19 years old, was successfully reunited with her mother."

Clermont Police are now working with the FBI to find Mr Hernandez.

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Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway said: "This is a prime example of what can be accomplished when multiple law enforcement agencies and their respective communities work together and maintain open lines of communication.

"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."

HIS Orlando Assistant Special Agent in Charge David Pezzutti added: "A kidnapped daughter was reunited with her mother as a result of enforcement working together.

Jacqueline Hernandez has been reunited with her mother. Credit: Clermont Police Department
Jacqueline Hernandez has been reunited with her mother. Credit: Clermont Police Department
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"This is a great example of how strong partnerships in law-enforcement can work to solve problems no matter the complexity or distance."

One user commented on the Police Facebook post: "Incredible and such an emotional story.

"So happy for a happy ending but can't imagine the agony all those years.

"Prayers for the missing."

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A second user added: "Thank you for your service!!!!"

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Clermont Police Department (FL)

Topics: Police, Florida, Mexico, US

Anish Vij
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