Missing Florida girl is found 14-years later (Includes video story)

A woman allegedly abducted by her father 14 years ago was reunited with her mother at the U.S. Texas border yesterday. 

It began on December 22, 2007, when Angela Salgado reported that her 6-year-old, Jacqueline Hernandez, was taken from their home.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said when the child went missing, a warrant for kidnapping was issued for her father, Pablo Hernandez.

It would take 14 years for the mother and daughter to reunite.  Hernandez sent a message to Salgado indicating she was her daughter, that she was in Mexico and wanted to meet at the Laredo, Texas border on September 10.

On that day—with assistance from Orange County Sheriff’s office, Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Laredo Police Department and ICE Investigators —Salgado showed up in anticipation of a reunion.

The documents provided by Salgado and police from the Florida town of Clermont Police proved Jacqueline was indeed Salgado’s now 19-year-old daughter. The officers shared a photograph of the pair reuniting nearly a decade later. 

Clermont Police say they still have an active warrant out for Pablo Hernandez, the biological father, and they believe he currently lives in Mexico. As of this week, Pablo Hernandez’s whereabouts are unclear.

Zitlali Solache is a student in Florida International University, pursuing her Masters degree in Spanish-Language Broadcast Journalism. Zitlali Solache is Mexican American and has a passion for storytelling and news. She has interned for WPBT PBS, WSVN Channel 7 and STEP Univision. After graduation, Zitlali aspires to become a reporter/anchor in her hometown Miami, FL.