For years, Dorotea Garcia had been searching for her daughter after the father took her to Mexico without consent during a bitter custody fight.
Now, nine years after the alleged kidnapping, DNA tests confirm that Garcia has finally found her daughter.
Mexican prosecutor José Martín Godoy Castro said late Thursday that tests prove Alondra Diaz, who had been living with her father in Mexico for almost a decade, is García’s daughter.
It is unclear when the Alondra will return to the United States with her mother.
"I am happy because Alondra will be with me soon," Garcia told the Houston Chronicle.
Alondra who was 4 when she was kidnapped and is now 13, had told Univision she was “saddened” by what happened.
“Yes, I was content with my father, I was happy, but at the same time I felt that something was missing. I have lacked the love of my mother because I have not seen her for so long,” she said. “But I also want to be with my father.”
García's search gained international attention last month after Judge Cinthia Elodia Mercado ruled that another teenager, 14-year-old Alondra Luna, was the missing girl and ordered her released to García. Video recordings circulated widely of Alondra Luna screaming and desperately resisting police after the court decision.
García reunited with her real daughter late Tuesday in a courtroom in the western state of Michoacán. But this time the judge waited for DNA confirmation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.