The girl, Sabrina Allen, was located with her mother in a town south of Mexico City by a Texas-based rescue team that included state and federal agents from the FBI, U.S. Marshals office and Mexican police.
Officials arrested the girl’s 44-year-old mother, Dara Llorens, and charged her with aggravated kidnapping. Both Llorens and her daughter were transported back to the United States. A press conference on the case is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Austin, the FBI said. One agent was injured during the rescue mission but is expected to make a full recovery.
KTBC-TV reports that Sabrina is “currently being kept in an undisclosed location and is undergoing medical and emotional care.”
On April 21, 2002, Sabrina was reported missing by her father, Greg Allen, after Llorens, his estranged wife, failed to drop Sabrina, then 4, at his home. In 2000, Allen had been given custody of Sabrina. Investigators say Llorens fled to Mexico because Allen was about to get sole custody of Sabrina.
Llorens spent the next 12 years on the run, changing names and Sabrina’s hair color numerous times in order to avoid capture.
According to a missing persons notice, Llorens and Sabrina were spotted in Mexico City in June 2003 using the names Blanca Aurora Fabian Uribe and Adriana Fabian Uribe, respectively, but eluded authorities.
There had been a $20,000 reward for Sabrina’s safe return.