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Mother persuaded kidnapped daughter to tell police

Posted: May 22, 2014 11:53 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2014 11:53 a.m.

Cpl. Anthony Bertagna with the Santa Ana Police Dept. describes how a missing girl was located after 10 years during a media briefing on Wednesday.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a California woman kidnapped 10 years ago recently reunited with her mother, who convinced her to go to authorities after telling her she tried to find her.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said Thursday that the woman got in touch with her mother after finding her sister on Facebook to wish her a happy birthday.

Police say the alleged kidnapper, Isidro Garcia, had told the victim that her mother had given up looking for her. The two had subsequently been married and had a daughter.

Bertagna says the mother showed the daughter news articles written at the time of her disappearance to prove that she had gone to the police and filed a missing persons report.


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