A Florida girl who was allegedly abducted by her father in 2007 is back in her mother’s arms after reconnecting with her via social media, police said.
The girl’s mother, Angelica Vences-Salgado, told cops in Clermont she got a message from someone claiming to be her abducted daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez, on Sept. 2 — nearly 14 years after she was allegedly taken by her father, police said in a statement Monday.
The woman told Vences-Salgado she was in Mexico and asked to meet her at at the US-Mexico border on Friday. Vences-Salgado then contacted Clermont police who coordinated with federal agencies to develop a plan to “intercept” the victim and confirm Jacqueline Hernandez’s identity, Clermont police said.
Hernandez, now 19, requested that her mother meet her at the point of entry in Laredo, Texas, and the pair were successfully reunited after investigators determined the kidnapped woman’s identity, Clermont police 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,” 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.”
Jacqueline Hernandez, then 6, was allegedly abducted by her father, Pablo Henry Hernandez, from her Clermont home on Dec. 22, 2007. A felony kidnapping warrant was issued for the man and investigators believed he may have taken his daughter to Mexico, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement notice.
Pablo Hernandez, 43, was still being sought Tuesday on an active arrest warrant after last week’s reunification, Clermont police Capt. Michael McMaster told The Post.
It’s unclear why Jacqueline Hernandez decided to reconnect with her mother nearly 14 years later, McMaster said.
“We have not had an opportunity to speak directly with her,” McMaster wrote in an email. “All indications are that the father still resides in Mexico. We are working with other agencies to locate him.”