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September 18, 2021

Florida Mom Reunites with Her Daughter 14 Years after Then-6-Year-Old Girl Disappeared

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After more than a decade apart, this mother and daughter have finally reunited thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the authorities. Netizens were stunned by this unbelievable story and had a lot to say. 

A Florida missing child case was closed this month in an unexpected turn of events. When 6-year-old Jacqueline Hernandez was abducted from her home 14 years ago, her mother was devastated. 

Angelica Vences-Salgado could not believe she had lost her daughter, and the main suspect behind the disappearance was somebody she knew personally.  

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CONTACTED HER MOTHER VIA SOCIAL MEDIA 

While many of the details surrounding the story remain unclear, a breakthrough made this year allowed the mother and daughter to embrace after all these years. 

The now-19-year-old Hernandez contacted her mother via social media. She informed Vences-Salgado that she was living in Mexico and longed to reunite at the country's border. 

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THE DAUGHTER'S IDENTITY CONFIRMED 

Various groups worked together to make this meeting possible. Homeland Security Investigations, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange were all involved.

It is purported the youngster was abducted by her father. However, the circumstances surrounding the case are vague.

They communicated with the mother and were also able to confirm Hernandez's identity via documentation and questioning. Finally, in September, the day the mother had been dreaming of for years arrived. 

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LAW ENFORCEMENT WORKED TOGETHER 

In a beautiful moment, the pair hugged as they met up in Laredo, Texas, close to the US–Mexico border. Davide Pezzutti, Homeland Security Orlando assistant special agent, shared a statement on the incident. 

He said:

"A kidnapped daughter was reunited with her mother ... This is a great example of how strong partnerships in law enforcement can work to solve problems no matter the complexity or distance."

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ABDUCTED BY HER FATHER 

It is purported the youngster was abducted by her father. However, the circumstances surrounding the case are vague. In 2007, police issued a warrant for kidnapping, but if Pablo Hernandez was charged for his alleged actions remains a mystery. 

The photograph of Hernandez and Vences-Salgado in an embrace after 14 years apart reflects their joy in coming together. They have a lot of lost time to make up for, and netizens also had much to say about their story.

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THE ONLINE REACTION 

One user wrote: "This hurts my heart that they missed so much of the past, and the mom must have ached every minute during the time she was gone." Another netizen said: "This is amazing." 

Others called it a miracle and encouraged parents who had loved ones to "never stop looking." Someone else expressed that their story of reunification made their heart smile. 

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