CLERMONT, Fla. — A Clermont woman has been reunited with her daughter, who was abducted from their home nearly 15 years ago.
Angelica Vences-Salgado called Clermont police on Sept. 2 to report that she’d been contacted through social media by a woman who claimed to be her abducted daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez.
Hernandez had been reported missing after she was taken from their home in 2007 when she was just six years old.
The mysterious caller said she was in Mexico and wanted to meet Angelica at a point of entry on the border with Texas.
With help from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, police arranged to meet the alleged victim to verify her identify.
A week later, Angelica and the woman claiming to be the kidnapped Jacqueline Hernandez were both intercepted at the U.S. point of entry in Laredo, TX.
After reviewing documentation provided by Angelica, authorities were able to verify the woman’s identity as Jacqueline Hernandez, now 19 years old, and reunited her with her mother.
“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,” Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway said. “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.”
Clermont Police say they now have an active warrant for Hernandez’ father. He’s believed to be in Mexico.