Girl abducted from her home at age 6 reunited with her mother 14 years later

Clermont. FL – In 2007, Angelica Vences-Saldago’s 6-year-old daughter was abducted from her home. Then, on September 2nd, the Clermont Police Department Detective Division received a phone call from her saying she was contacted by a woman in Mexico claiming to be her daughter.

“Angelica stated that she was contacted via social media by a female claiming to be her abducted daughter Jacqueline Hernandez,” she said. “The female told her she was in Mexico and requested that she meet her at the Point of Entry located at the border in Texas on 09/10/2021.”

With the assistance of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, detectives contacted Central Florida Intelligence Exchange in Orlando, Florida. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Orlando, Florida coordinated with HSI in Laredo, Texas, through the CFIX and coordinated a plan to intercept the victim and to determine if the identity of the female was the victim in this case.

On September 10th, Clermont detectives discovered that Angelica and the female were both at the Point of Entry located in Laredo, Texas. This updated information was passed onto HSI in Orlando, Florida. They spoke with HSI in Laredo to make them aware of the situation.

At approximately 1:50pm, HSI, US Customs and Border Protection, and Laredo Police Department intercepted the mother Angelica and the female claiming to be the victim. Based on the documentation provided to these agencies by Angelica and Clermont Police Department, they determined that the female was indeed Jacqueline Hernandez who was abducted from her mother in 2007. At approximately 4:55pm, Jacqueline, now 19 years old was successfully reunited with her mother.

“This is a prime example of what can be accomplished when multiple law enforcement agencies and
their respective communities work cooperatively together and maintain open lines of communication.
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” said Clermont Police Chief
Charles Broadway.

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