The CPD coordinated with state and federal agencies ahead of the meeting “to intercept the victim and determine whether the identity of the woman was the victim in this case.”
On September 10, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Laredo Police Department intercepted the couple at the Laredo border.
“Based on the documentation provided to these agencies by Angelica and the Clermont Police Department, they determined that the woman was Jacqueline Hernandez who was taken from her mother in 2007,” the statement said.
Hernandez, now 19, then reunited with her mother.
CPD said the case was a “perfect example” of what can happen when multiple agencies cooperate. Together, the teams “were able to create a force multiplier and help reunite the victim with her mother after 14 years,” CPD chief Charles Broadway said in a statement.