Teen Reunites with Her Mother Nearly 14 Years After Being Abducted from Her Fla. Home at Age 6
Angelica Vences-Salgado, Jacqueline Hernandez
Clermont Police Department Angelica Vences-Salgado and her daughter Jacqueline Hernandez
A teenage girl was finally reunited with her mother, more than 10 years after she was kidnapped from her Florida home at the age of 6.
The decade-long case came to a happy end on Friday when Jacqueline Hernandez, now 19, and her mother Angelica Vences-Salgado were finally able to hug for the first time in almost 14 years.
The exciting moment was captured in a photo shared by Clermont police in a press release.
"A kidnapped daughter was reunited with her mother as a result of working with the police," David Pezzutti, an assistant special agent for Homeland Security Investigations Orlando, said in a statement. "This is a great example of how strong law enforcement partnerships can work to solve problems regardless of complexity or distance."
According to Clermont Police, Jacqueline was kidnapped from her home in 2007 when she was 6 years old.
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Her father, Pablo Herandez, 43, is believed to have been behind the kidnapping and on December 27, 2007, an arrest warrant was issued against him for kidnapping, NBC News and NBC subsidiary WESH announced.
On September 2, Vences-Salgado called the Clermont Police Department's detective department and reported that she had received a message on social media from someone who claimed to be her daughter, police said in their press release.
The person told Vences-Salgado that they were in Mexico and that they would meet on September 10 at the point of entry on the border in Laredo, Texas.
Clermont Police said several law enforcement agencies, including the Orange County Sheriff's Office and Homeland Security Investigations, immediately began investigations and made plans to “intercept” the “victim” at the border to confirm she was Jacqueline may be.
That day, shortly before 2 p.m., officials intercepted both Vences-Salgado and Jacqueline and were later able to confirm the daughter's identity through documents.
“This is a prime example of what can be achieved when multiple law enforcement agencies and their respective communities work collaboratively and maintain open lines of communication. In this case, multiple agencies in different counties and states across the country were able to build a force. "Multiplier and assistance in reuniting the victim with her mother after 14 years," Clermont police chief Charles Broadway said in a statement.
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At this point it is unclear why Jacqueline decided to reach out to her mother now and what her living conditions have been like over the years.
Clermont Police Department Capt. Michael McMaster told NBC News Tuesday that there is currently an active arrest warrant for Pablo, 43.
The family is currently declining media interviews and a Clermont police spokesman did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
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