Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez Wiki – Bio
Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez, a Washington girl who went missing in 2018 has been found in Mexico, the FBI announced Wednesday. Aranza was last seen with her biological mother in a shopping center in Vancouver, Washington, when she was 4 years old.
Lopez had a supervised visit with her mother the day she went missing, the FBI confirmed to CBS News. Her mother was arrested about a year later in Puebla, Mexico, but Lopez was still missing.
Aranza Maria Ochoa Lopez is 8 years old.
Esmeralda Lopez-Lopez pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping
The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Lopez’s recovery. They worked with the Vancouver Police in Washington on the investigation, as well as police in Mexico.
Mexican authorities found the girl in Michoacán, Mexico, in February, and FBI special agents escorted her back to the United States.
“For more than four years, the FBI and our partners have not given up on Aranza,” said Richard A. Collodi, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office. “Our concern now will be to support Aranza as she begins her reintegration into the US.”
An FBI representative did not provide further information on Lopez’s case. CBS News has also contacted the Vancouver Police Department for more information.
During the supervised visit, Lopez’s mother, Esmeralda Lopez-Lopez, asked to take her to the mall bathroom, according to local publication The Columbian. She then fled with her daughter into a stolen vehicle and they left with an accomplice.
Lopez had been in foster care due to allegations that her mother abused her.
After being arrested in Mexico in 2019, Lopez-Lopez pleaded guilty in 2021 to second-degree kidnapping and robbery and first-degree custodial interference and was sentenced to 20 months in prison, according to The Columbian.
Most kidnapped children are taken by family members, according to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Only 1% of missing child cases are abductions by non-family members, according to the center’s data.
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