A woman has been reunited with her mum 14 years after she was abducted from her home.
Jacqueline Hernandez, who is now 19, and her mother, Angelica Vences-Slagado, from Florida, shared their first hug in over a decade in a heartwarming moment posted online by Clermont Police Department.
Chief of the force Charles Broadway said: “In this case, several agencies across different countries and states across the nation were able to create a force multiplier and aid with returning the victim with her mother after 14 years.”
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David Pezzutti, an Assistant Special Agent in Charge with Homeland Security Investigations in Orlando, also released a statement.
He said: “A kidnapped daughter was reunited with her mother as a result of enforcement working together.
“This is a great example of how strong partnerships in law-enforcement can work to solve problems no matter the complexity or distance.”
Jacqueline was allegedly abducted from her home by her father, 43-year-old Pablo Herandez. According to NBC News, a warrant was issued for his arrest in 2007, but nothing ever came of it.
Years later, on September 2, 2021, the teen’s mother called the police department to tell them she had received a message on social media from someone claiming to be her daughter.
According to the statement released by police, Jacqueline told her mum she was in Mexico and wanted to meet near Texas.
The force said several law enforcement agencies, including the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations, began investigating and setting up plans to ‘intercept the victim’ at the border to confirm if she was really Jacqueline.
Documentation confirmed that it was indeed Angelica’s daughter.
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