A Delaware mother is waiting to be reunited with her three daughters after authorities tracked down her ex-husband — accused of abducting them nearly 19 months ago — in Nicaragua, The News Journal reported.

David T. Matusiewicz, an optometrist, was arrested Friday morning while dropping his 6-year-old daughter off at a school in a village near Managua, Nicaragua, the girls' mother Christine Belford told the newspaper.

A short while later Matusiewicz's mother Lenore was arrested at her home, where police found the two other children — Leigh, 6, and Karen, 3.

Belford said she thought her children were dead, The News Journal reported.

And Matusiewicz told the three girls that Belford had committed suicide, according to authorities.

"Well, I am back from the dead," Belford wrote to The News Journal.

Belford and Matusiewicz were married in October 2001 and divorced in November 2006.

Matusiewicz and his mother reportedly face numerous felony charges in the alleged abduction in violation of a joint custody order. Matusiewicz also faces federal bank-fraud charges, The Journal News reported.

A spokesman for the U.S. marshal's office would only say they are working with the Nicaraguan authorities and have scheduled a press conference at the New Castle County Police headquarters on Monday.

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