A girl who has been missing for more than a decade was found in a small town southeast of Mexico City Tuesday morning.
Sabrina Allen, who was just 4 years old when she went missing, has returned to the United States from Mexico, the Austin Police Department confirmed to ABC News. The missing girl, who is now 17 years old, is said to be alive and well but receiving medical and emotional care at an undisclosed location.
According to a report by Fox 7, Sabrina was located during a secret mission to rescue the missing girl, which included assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals and Mexican authorities. One of the Mexican agents was injured during the rescue operation when a physical altercation broke out with the suspect responsible for kidnapping the missing girl. However, the injury is believed to be non-life threatening and officials said the Mexican agent is recovering and in “good condition.”
The girl has not yet been reunited with her father, Greg Allen, who never gave up hope in finding her after she went missing, but the girl’s father still remains ecstatic that his daughter has been found and is now safe.
KHOU reported that the girl’s father gave the following statement concerning the discovery of his daughter after more than a decade of searching.
“I am overjoyed that Sabrina has been found alive and is safe. Our entire family would like to thank the investigators that made this happen. Our prayers go out to the Mexican Federal Police Officer who was injured. We also would like to thank the Mexican Government for their cooperation in this case. Last, a heartfelt thank you to the U.S. FBI, US Marshals, and all of the investigators that have worked this case for the last 12 years. They never gave up. We look forward to being reunited very soon.”
Sabrina was reported missing in April of 2002 after she went for a weekend visit with her mother, Dana Llorens, and was never returned. Allen said that Llorens had made previous threats to take the girl and he did not believe the girl was safe with Llorens, who is said to have mental health problems.
Llorens eluded authorities for more than 12 years, attempting to change the missing girl’s appearance by coloring her hair from blonde to brown.
Llorens was apprehended about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and flown into Houston along with the the girl. Llorens now faces charges for aggravated kidnapping and remains in the Travis County Jail with a $300,000 bond.
It’s unclear at this point when the missing girl will be reunited with her father.
[Photo: Fox 7]