NEDERLAND, Texas (PIX11) — A Texas girl who was kidnapped 12 years ago was found safe in Mexico Tuesday.
Sabrina Allen was last seen by her father when she was 4 years old in 2002. She was taken by her mother Dara Llorens, who lost custody of the child after a divorce with the father, Greg Allen, April 21, 2002.
Llorens abducted Sabrina during an unsupervised visit following the divorce and later fled to Mexico, according to authorities. The pair was found in Mexico City in 2003, but managed to escape capture, KXAN reported.
Since then, the mother and daughter have been sought by investigators and the girl’s father, who made a website dedicated to finding Sabrina.
After an extensive search, the FBI, U.S. Marshals Office and Mexican Federal Police worked together to successfully rescue Sabrina Sept. 30.
Llorens was found in Estafeta Tlaxcala southeast of Mexico City. She was placed under surveillance for two weeks by an informant that was working for Klein Investigations & Consulting Texas, a press release stated.
The woman was taken into custody at 11:32 a.m. Tuesday and extradited back to the United States. Minutes later Sabrina was taken into custody at a residence in the same city.
Llorens is being held in the Travis County Jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond. She was charged with aggravated kidnapping. Sabrina, who is now 17, is being evaluated by doctors at an undisclosed location in Texas, but was found to be in good physical health.
One Mexican Federal Police officer sustained a minor injury during a struggle with Llorens, but is said to be recovering and in good condition.
Sabrina and her father have not yet been reunited, but Allen released the following statement shortly after the rescue mission was complete:
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 USFBI, BS Marshals, and all of the investigators that worked this case for the last 12 years. They never gave up. We look forward to being reunited very soon.
In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Allen said his daughter is suffering from emotional trauma.
“She’s in pretty bad shape, from my understanding. She’s been told I’m a bad guy, that I’m a wife beater and other accusations that are also false,” he said.
“She’s just not ready to see me and my family,” Allen, who remarried 10 years ago, said. “I hope and pray that’s coming soon, and I can’t predict it.”