An Austin girl, kidnapped 12 years ago by her non-custodial parent, was found after a secret rescue mission Tuesday in Mexico.
Sabrina Allen, now 17, has not yet been reunited with her father, but the woman who took her is now in custody. At this point it is not clear when the father and daughter will be united.
Sabrina was located in Tlaxcala, a small town south of Mexico City.
FOX 7 was told the secret mission to find the girl involved operatives with a Beaumont-based child rescue team, the FBI, U.S. Marshals and Mexican authorities.
One team member was injured during the operation but sources say that the injuries are considered to be non-life threatening and is expected to make a full recovery.
It's an amazing story of a father's refusal to give up.
Sabrina was kidnapped from the custody of her father, Greg Allen, by his estranged wife Dara Llorens on April 20, 2002.
In a 2003 story, the Dallas Morning News reported that the 4-year-old girl was taken by Llorens after failing to report to a receiving center for parents in child visitation disputes. Citing FBI sources, the paper reported that Llorens and the girl were driven to Laredo, and then into Mexico, by a co-worker.
Llorens had relatives in two nearby cities, the newspaper said, and before the abduction, she had spent time in Mexico City.
"Dara is a smart, calculating person," Allen said of his ex-wife. "It seemed to me, thinking about it now, that she'd spent some time planning all of this."
Llorens abducted the girl at the end of a six-month period of court-supervised visitation, according to the website FindSabrina.org.
For the past 12 years, Llorens has eluded capture and changed Sabrina's hair color in order to hinder efforts to track them down.
Sabrina and Dara were brought back to the U.S. on a commercial flight last night.
The teenager is currently being kept in an undisclosed location and is undergoing medical and emotional care to help her adjust to what has happened.
This story included material from myfoxaustin.com