According to the FBI, a missing girl from the United States in October 2018 was found alive in Mexico.
Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez was four years old and had been in foster care. Her biological mother kidnapped her from a Vancouver shopping center.
She was last seen with her mother on a supervised visit. Her mother was arrested in September 2019, in Pueblo, Mexico.
The child, now aged eight, was still missing until authorities in Michoacan (Mexico) found her in February.
For information leading to her recovery, the FBI offered $10,000.
The FBI’s Seattle branch announced Wednesday that she was returned to the US by special agents.
Richard A Collodi (special agent in charge at the FBI’s Seattle branch office) stated that Aranza has been protected for more than four decades.
“Our concern is now to support Aranza in her reintegration into America.”
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According to The Columbian, her mother, Esmeralda Lopez Lopez, pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping, robbery, and first-degree custodial interfere at Clark County Superior Court. She was sentenced for 20 months.
According to the newspaper, Aranza was placed under the care of the state in 2017 after she complained that her mother had physically abused her. Lopez Lopez was allowed to have supervised visits twice a week.